Day in history for July 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The rails on the Rock Island Railroad have been laid six miles west of Peru and the work is progressing rapidly. Timber for the Rock River railroad bridge has landed at Hampton and will be hauled to the bridge location by teams.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Six prisoners removed some loose bricks from a wall in the county jail and escaped today. A passerby saw them climbing the west jailyard fence, so that officers were soon in pursuit. Three had been recaptured by 3:30 this afternoon.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Eloquent as ever, William Jennings Bryan, twice a candidate for president of the United States, addressed 2,500 people at the Moline Chautauqua in Prospect Park.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Fort Theater will install apparatus for presenting ``sound'' pictures, at a cost of $50,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Norman Moecker, Taylor Ridge, and Mrs. Virgil Blaser, Reynolds, underwent surgery Monday morning at Moline Lutheran Hospital. They are sisters and occupy the same room at the hospital.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Virgil Bozeman likes to celebrate anniversaries in style. So Bozeman, a Moline attorney named recently by The Daily Dispatch among the most influential citizens of the Quad-Cities, played 18 holes both Saturday and Sunday in the Short Hills Country Club Golf Championship, 50 years after he first played, and won, the event. He walked the course both days.

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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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