Day in history for August 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council voted to take legal measures to obtain clear title to the public square (Spencer) on which the Methodist Church and the town schoolhouse stand.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ben Harper is carrying on a controversy with the city over the construction of the 16th Street sewer. The aldermen take the position that Mr. Harper, builder and owner of Rock Island's splendid new opera house, should bear part of the expense of the sewer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Major James M. Beardsley, distinguished as a soldier, lawyer and orator, died. He was Rock Island postmaster from 1876 to 1880. He had been a member of the commission to settle the famous Tilden-Hayes presidential contest deadlock.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Kenneth Conrey, Moline, won the Quad-Cities tennis championship for the ninth time, defeating Frank Brody, Des Moines, in a close five-set match.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the fifth time, Dr. Richard Hainline of Rock Island won the Quad-City Quad States tennis championship in the climax event of a three-day tourney in which 151 persons from five states competed at the Riverside Park courts, Moline. Hainline defeated Roger Coad of Winfield, Kan., 6-0, 6-3.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police found that someone apparently took a fancy to a tan and black dog at the city's animal shelter. Someone cut the back fence and took the stray over the weekend.

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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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