Day in history for May 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Among those who have recently taken up their residence in this city are Robert W. Smith and Messrs. Pleasants and Henderson, attorneys. Mr. Smith came here from Ohio. Atty. Pleasants from Washington, D.C., and Atty. Henderson is a native of Illinois.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. G.R. Palmer, pastor of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church, preached on ``Elements of Strength in the Christian Church.'' His evening subject was ``Upward Steps Leading to Liberty.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
An increase of from 40 to 65 percent in the cost of delivering ice was reported.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City Chambers of Commerce planned to honor William Butterworth, Moline, new national president, at a dinner.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A budget of $2,211,845, including a $960,000 item for continuation of the long-range building and modernization program at Moline Public Hospital, was approved yesterday afternoon during a conference of city council finance committee and hospital board members.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Despite uncooperative weather, volunteer bird counters in the Illinois Audubon Society's spring bird count cited more species this year than last. Elton Fawks, Rock Island County chairman for the count, said 102 species had been reported by Saturday night, tying last year's total. Two volunteers had not yet filed their reports. The rarest bird found was a Wilson's Phalarope.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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