Day in history for May 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Lewis M. Webber was elected to serve as Second Ward alderman until Nov. 1, 1854, and C. Lynde, Sr., was named alderman of the Third Ward for the same period. Lynde was without opposition while Webber defeated the Walsh, Hakes And Co. candidate by a majority of 20 votes.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Members of the county board were contemplating donating their salaries in order to help the fund for the poor.

1903 -- 100 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland left today for El Paso, Ill., to take part in a Masonic inspection.

1928 -- 75 years ago
John H. Hauberg accepted election to the office of president of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island shoppers will be parking free in Spencer Square by fall or before. This was the surprise announcement by Mayor Carl F. Bauer that brought heavy applause from those attending the parking forum last night in the city council chambers. Mayor Bauer told The Argus that the expense of converting the square will be borne by the city, and he gave a preliminary estimate of $10,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Beginning June 1 and continuing through Sept. 1, containers containing colorful live flowers will replace all of the meter heads along both sides of State Street, Geneseo, from the Rock Island Lines crossing south to Second Street. The project is being sponsored by the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce.

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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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