Day in history for August 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A Mr. Cummings of Prairie du Chien, Wis., has been appointed to take charge of Ft. Armstrong or the ruins thereof, on the island. He will succeed Mr. Drum, deceased.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ernst Krell, one of the oldest residents of Rock Island and a recognized leader among the Germans, died today at 45. The city loses one of its most enterprising merchants.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Springfield baseball club defeated Rock Island, 1 to 0.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two young stars, Velma Driffill and Florence Appelquist, will play for the women's championship at Black Hawk Hills Country Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
State's Atty. Bernard J. Moran today began running newspaper advertisements offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of violators of gambling and prostitution laws in Rock Island County. The first advertisements are being published today in The Argus and Moline Dispatch.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An unusual centerpiece graced the meeting table of the town board in Coal Valley, a single stalk of wilting green marijuana. Board members feigned ignorance when asked who brought the weed and who planned to take it home at the end of the meeting. When the weed, which grows wild along many area roads, attracted more attention than the business at hand, Supervisor George White placed it on the floor under the table.

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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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