Day in history for June 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Under new arrangements for daily mail, the Frink stagecoaches will carry mail to and from Peru, the present terminus of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad. Mail is being received six to eighteen hours earlier than formerly.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Central Presbyterian ladies were hostesses at a strawberry and ice cream lawn party last night on the lawn of the John Warner home on Moline (5th) Avenue.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Long View Gun Club was organized at the Robert Harper farm on Aiken Street (21st Avenue). The shooting range will be on that farm.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Production at Farmall Works has increased to 125 tractors daily.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An East Moline rifle and hunting enthusiast recently was issued a patent for a device which gives promise of becoming standard equipment on all telescopic gun sights. He is Clarence A. Blais, a tool inspector for the Swan Engineering Co. of Bettendorf. His invention is a simple device which serves to keep the lenses on the telescope closed when the marksman is not using it for aiming.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Moline landmark was auctioned off Saturday to a man Upper Rock Island Chamber of Commerce President Arthur Holmes said ``would really do something for the area.'' The Reliance Building, 1518 5th Ave., went for $195,000 to Alex B. Stone, a Rock Island veterinarian.

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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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