Day in history for July 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Railroad offers free transportation of all livestock and farm produce destined for the state fair at Springfield. The railroad, which so far runs from Chicago to six miles west of Peru, will carry passengers headed for the fair at half the usual price.

1878 -- 125 years ago
All of New Boston turned out, after the town bell was rung, to hunt for a 10-year-old boy. At 2 a.m. he was found sleeping soundly on the cellar hatch-door at his home.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fourteen men formed a co-partnership and built a telephone line from Milan to Taylor Ridge. When arguments developed among the partners, some of them grounded the wire. That was followed by a series of wire-cutting retaliations.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Argus will use a megaphone to give a street crowd a blow-by-blow account of the Tunney-Heeney heavyweight championship fight. Be in front of the Argus at 8 p.m.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A permit for the new Eagle Supermarket at 4011 23rd Ave., Moline, was issued by Building Inspector Gust B. Faust, and an early start on the job was forecast. The estimated cost of the structure was set at $107,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
When Bill Brown's bicycle broke down, he had a problem. With a too-big-to-carry pile of Daily Dispatches to deliver to his Cambridge customers, Bill had to do something. He put them in his aunt's baby stroller and pushed them around town.

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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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