Day in history for May 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Smith of the seminary, with his school, held a picnic on the island. We are told it was a very pleasant affair. The school is quite large and flourishing.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John E. Ennis, immigration agent for the International and Great Northern Railroad of Texas, was registered at the Rock Island House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Commencement exercises at Augustana College will be May 28. The seminary commencement is May 27.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A truckload of beer, approximately 300 gallons, was seized by Deputy Sheriff F.R. Schleuter at the corner of 16th Ave. and 10th St., East Moline, at 12:15 Saturday night.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The sale of the Lytle Lincoln collection, valued at $15,000, was approved in an order signed by Scott County District Court Judge Walter A. Newport. It is reported that several Quad-City groups and individuals are interested in obtaining the large collection of Lincoln books, papers and other materials owned by the late Harry F. Lytle, Davenport auto dealer.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County officials are conducting a new inventory of Niabi Zoo stock as the first step in improving control over free-wheeling animal trades. The inventory follows State's Attorney Edward Keefe's call for better records at the troubled zoo, and marks the first time the auditor's office has played a role in checking forest preserve commission affairs.

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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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