Day in history for May 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The press everywhere condemns in most decided terms the cowardly attempt of Hakes upon the life of the editor of this paper.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The annual review of the fire department took place today. Chief James Johnson, with a delegation from each company, headed by Biehl's band, marched to the ferry landing and welcomed a Davenport delegation.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Eight high school girls, Elsa Simon, Mae Lidders, Myrtle Barber, Adelia Schoessel, Nannie Miller, Irma Kohn, Isabel Osborn and Margo Kohn, had as their guests at Watch Tower Inn last evening Will Schroeder, Will Snyder, Arthur Huesing, Carsten Franck, Roy Sears, Tom Clark, John Mudge and Tom Mirfield. The evening was spent in dancing. The party was chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Clarkson.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Miss Dorothy Dunn, Rock Island High School senior, will enact the leading role in the Fort Armstrong home talent review.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Here's a warning to Davenport housewives. The city's clothesline thief is at work again. Mrs. Lee Brown, 637 Kirkwood, reported to police that 12 articles of clothing were stolen from the clothesline in the yard of her home.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Rev. Edgar J.H. Otto, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, East Moline, will receive the Servus Ecclesiae Christi Award from Concordia Theological Seminary in its alumni honors convocation Friday at Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Back: Available days in May 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

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.








(More History)