Day in history for August 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Contracts have been closed by Mr. Farnam for construction of the Davenport to Iowa City division of the Mississippi And Missouri Railroad. Scott County will be asked to take $50,000 more in stock, since the people at Iowa City have been unable to raise their full quota.

1878 -- 125 years ago
George W. Luken has opened his campaign for sheriff on the Democratic ticket.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Bloomington's baseball team defeated the Rock Island club 9 to 2.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Several thousand employees of the Rock Island Lines assembled in the Tri-Cities to take part, either as contestants or spectators, in the fifth annual athletic tournament of the railroad company.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Thousands of Catholic men, women and children in the Davenport diocese will gather at Rodeo Field, Fort Madison, Sunday, for Holy Hour in a public demonstration of their faith in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and to pray for world peace and the conversion of Russia.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Moline woman remained in satisfactory condition at Moline Public Hospital after an accident was caused by her sandal catching on the floor mat in her car. Deborah Bartag, 19, of 2408 31st St., Moline, was taken by ambulance to the hospital after her car went out of control and struck a mailbox and brick planter in the 3300 block of 39th St., Moline.

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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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