Day in history for May 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
P.S. Albert was elected supervisor of sidewalks and N.B. Buford was appointed city weigher by the Rock Island city council.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fred Hass secured a contract for $6,000 worth of copper work for a concern in Utah City.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The announcement was made that T.J. Fitzpatrick would deliver the oration at the Memorial Day exercises tomorrow. The Rev. W.S. Marquis will speak at the cemetery services.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Police Officers Charles Starbuck and William Wilkens fired a volley of revolver shots at two men fleeing in an auto with stolen tires early this morning. They succeeded in overtaking the thieves after a chase of five blocks.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-four-hour-a-day correct time service by telephone will be inaugurated at midnight by the Rock Island Bank and Trust Co. Ray W. Osterman, bank president, said the service is being offered as a public service gesture to provide Quad-City area residents with a source for obtaining the accurate time. The bank contracted for the service with the Illinois Bell Telephone Co.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The age of the 15-cent postage stamp begins Monday. At 12:01 a.m. local time Monday, the 13-cent stamp disappears from prominence, a setback for President Carter, who wanted that amount to remain for a special ``citizens rate'' for use on personal mail.

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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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