Day in history for May 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The discovery of lead near this city is likely to prove of much importance to this community. A quantity of the mineral, washed and ready for smelting, is now at Mr. Andrew's warehouse and will be shipped to Galena.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Total Abstinence Society of St. Joseph's Church gave a ball at Hillier's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island businessmen, meeting at the Harms Hotel, protested against the contemplated location of the city dump boat on the 17th Street levee.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Guy O. Rodgers was scheduled to return as superintendent of the Rock Island Rescue Mission.

1953 -- 50 years ago
More than a hundred early morning diners are expected to attend the annual Straw Hat breakfast Friday morning in the Temple Club. Edwin A. Law, chairman for the sponsoring retail bureau of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce said straw hats are the ``order of the day,'' though not mandatory. The yearly occasion opens the summer shopping season in Rock Island.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Traci Anderson, a sixth grader in Betsy Ross School at Coal Valley, won the grand prize for her entry on drug abuse at the school's science fair. Her entry included a number of pipes used to smoke various materials and items common in the home that can be habit-forming. She also wrote a comprehensive report. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson.

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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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