Day in history for July 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council allowed bills totaling $305.45 to four men for superintending the building of sidewalks and crossings on 9th, 17th and 19th Streets.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A large crowd attended a trial held in a grove near the high school at Port Byron. Blue-ribbon temperance forces were out in large numbers as they sought to close a saloon in Cordova for selling liquor in smaller quantity than one gallon to a customer, contrary to law. The jury found the liquor store not guilty.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fred McDougle of Geneseo drowned when he went swimming in cold water, 20 feet deep, in a hole left from quarrying stone on Sylvan Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's team is in second place and the Moline club is third in the Mississippi Valley baseball league standings.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City authorities apprehended eight men accused of plundering Quad-City area safes in recent months. The eight men are charged specifically in warrants with five safe burglaries where loot reportedly totaled $3,092.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Two inmates at the Scott County jail escaped the Davenport facility shortly before 11 a.m. The pair was identified by Scott County Jailer Bob Schmidt as Kenneth Canarr, 18, and Bruce Farris, 19, both of Davenport. The pair escaped by hiding in a garage when other prisoners were returning to their cells after morning exercise.

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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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