Day in history for May 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
N. Belcher, Port Byron, as foreman, headed a grand jury including: Joseph Askew, Jonathan Cool, Calvin Goodrich, A.D. Gibbons, George W. Harris, John Dickson, Hiram B. Hatch, Randall McLaughlin, J.T. Bartlett, David M. Duffield, James Reynolds, George R. McMurphy, Andrew Devinney, Michael Hartzell, W.D. Mason, Stewart Hoon, David Hawes, Bailey Davenport, C.D. Platt, Abraham Crabbs, Mark Harris and Amaziah Thornton.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A dispatch received from Southampton, England, announced the arrival of Jonas Bear and family on the steamer Donau.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Christian Endeavor Society of the Memorial Christian Church, Miss Rena Means was elected president.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana College band was given a farewell ovation as it departed on its European tour.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Geneseo ground observer post was put in operation at the observation tower in the American Legion hall. Robert Powell, post supervisor, stated that 80 more volunteers are needed to put the post on a 24-hour daily operation basis.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mark Pustelnik, 10, tied for first and wound up with the second-place trophy in the United States Wrestling Federation national tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich. Pustelnik, representing the East Moline Wrestling Club, won his first four bouts decisively and battled to a 2-2 draw with his final opponent.

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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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