Day in history for August 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
One newspaper is striving in vain to get up a feeling between Rock Island and Davenport. We don't war with our right hand upon our left. Our two towns, like Siamese twins, have the artery of life and death coursing between them. They have grown up together, and the iron nerves of a railroad soon will bring them closer together.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fire destroyed John Volk's planing mill, after it was struck by lightning last midnight. The volunteer firemen worked hard but had to concentrate on saving Tegeler's building, Krell's and frame houses nearby. Crowds in the streets, sidewalks and on housetops watched the awful spectacle, despite the raging storem. The loss is $25,000 with only $1,400 insurance.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Burglars took merchandise valued at $2,000 at McCabe's store.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Contract for a new bridge over Mill Creek, east of Milan, will be let in a few days.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new 48-hour record for births in the Quad-Cities was set during the weekend when 31 girls and 18 boys were born. Only one set of twins were included.

1978 -- 25 years ago
In what fire officials say is the first program of its kind in the country, 650 Rock Island families will receive free smoke detectors and fire advice. At the home, the firefighters will explain how the detector works, install and test it, and make an escape plan for the family to run through.

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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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