Day in history for July 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
In a letter to The Argus, Mrs. Tonguey described the embarrassment of ladies who shop and promenade on Illinois Street (2nd Avenue). Sidewalks and steps along the street are cluttered with groups of men loungers who comment on every passing lady's appearance, including the shape of her feet.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Two days ago Tommy Ward, 5, was lost in the woods at Coal Valley while out berry picking. The neighbors searched during the night. Then church bells were rung, and the whole village was organized and started in all directions, but thus far without success.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Reports are current that Capt. John Streckfus will not operate the City of Winona packet on the Rock Island-Clinton run next season.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A committee of citizens was named to oppose the transfer of the seventh grade of Longfellow School to Washington Junior High School.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The rush to purchase gas heating equipment has flooded Quad-Cities contractors with orders. With 3,500 gas heating permits allocated last spring, contractors also have, with this week's announcement of the release of more gas permits, another 7,000 potential customers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Hundreds of Rock Island households and several businesses were without electricity for 41 minutes Friday afternoon when an Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co. cable failed for unknown reasons.

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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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