Day in history for August 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Yellow fever is spreading with dreadful rapidity in New Orleans. On Wednesday, 223 persons died. On one boat 18 died. In one store, four clerks died on the same day.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Silver Wave took a big excursion party to Muscatine last night and returned to Rock Island at 5 a.m. today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The J.C. Cook Publishing Company has sold its plants to J.M. Farnham of Moline.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A ukulele-playing contest sponsored by the playground commission was won by children of Lincoln Park. This is the first time Long View Park ukulele players have failed to win.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Twenty trailers full of gypsies, encamped east of the Quad City Airport, have been ordered to leave the county by Sunday or else register their children for school. The ultimatum was issued to the group of 150 gypsies by County Investigator Donald Wilson, sent to the camp after the sheriff's office received several complaints about the band.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island County grand jury praised the new administrator of the county jail and found ``only minor violations'' of jail standards during an inspection of the facility. The report was in sharp contrast to a similar grand jury review given the jail last January. Since the appointment of Michael Green as jail administrator last fall, many of the violations noted by state jail inspectors have been remedied.

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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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