Day in history for August 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council showed reluctance to grant all the land the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad wanted for right-of-way. The aldermen were reminded by The Argus that the city had pledged itself a year before to vacate any streets the railway wants to use.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Coe Agricultural Association will hold its second annual fair August 28-30. Henry Saddoris is president and John Schall treasurer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Burglars took clothing valued at $75 at the residence of Louis H. Salzmann.

1928 -- 75 years ago
J.C. Burgoyne was elected president of the Rock Island County Old Settlers Society.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The unused Geneseo police station building, more than 50 years old, was sold at public auction and will be moved in the near future from its present location on North State Street. The structure was purchased by Grit Weigand of Geneseo for the sum of $80. Charles Sheets, Jr., purchased the oil heater for the sum of $6. John L. DePauw was the auctioneer.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An Ozark Air Line DC-9 jet carrying 76 passengers landed safely this morning at the Quad-City Airport with only one engine. The plane, which had taken off from Chicago, was en route to Des Moines when it lost power in one of its engines. It was diverted to the Quad-City Airport where it made a ``routine'' landing, Ozark Manager Charles Seaman said.

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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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