Day in history for September 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The steamer Montauk, E.H. Gleim, captain, made its first appearance at our levee today. The Montauk has 36 staterooms. The salon has Brussels carpeting.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island County Temperance Society elected Charles Skinner president and George W. Vinton secretary.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Old Settlers Society, convening at Watch Tower Park Inn, elected R.G. Hollister of Coe Township president. Forty members were added during the past year.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island and Moline baseball teams divided a doubleheader in a series which will decide second place in the Mississippi Valley League.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Cash and jewelry estimated at $6,693.20 were stolen from a vault-type safe at Midland Iron And Steel Corp., 3301 4th Ave., Moline, by burglars who used the simple process of cutting out a section of window pane to open a lock and get in. A smaller safe, in a private office of the building, also was peeled open and the entire place was a shambles.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Piper Cub plane stranded on the end of the main runway kept commercial flights circling in the air for nearly an hour at the Quad-City Airport. The small plane was stuck on the runway after its pilot landed without setting down his wheels about 7 p.m. Shortly after 8 p.m., two small tractors lifted the plane off the runway and towed it back to the airport hangar.

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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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