Day in history for August 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
At Galena the other day The Argus editor visited the Hesler's Dagueerean Gallery. He does not require a tedious sitting for his pictures, but simply one flash of light and the work is done. He has forwarded specimen's of his pictures to the world's fair.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fifteen Rock Island people have gone to Island Wild, a lake in central Wisconsin and the summer resort of members of Gideon's band.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Thirty bums were picked up by Rock Island police in the railroad yards last night. A more ungodly crew has seldom been confined at police headquarters.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Edison School will be formally opened Sept. 21.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Bob Stucker, 1849 39th St., Rock Island, was awarded a trophy at the victory banquet of the National Model Airplane Championships at the naval air station, Willow Grove, Pa., last Sunday. Stucker won third place in the control line, senior scale, event. The meet was sponsored by the National Exchange Club with the Academy of Model Aeronautics officiating at the events and the United States Navy acting as host.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ian McLaughlin of Rock Island lost to second-seeded Ben Testerman of Chattanooga, Tenn., in the third round of the national tennis championships for boys 16 years old. McLaughlin lost 6-3, 6-0. He plays in the consolation round today against Mike Lee of Phoenix, Ariz.

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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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