Day in history for September 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The executive committee for promotion of the annual agriculture fair met at the courthouse. A committee of ladies was named to prepare the courthouse for the fair. The general committee chosen consists of George Mixter, Jacob Sailor and Frazer Wilson.

1878 -- 125 years ago
William McConnell, a Blackhawk Township farmer, brought a load of oats to market totaling 121 bushels. This is the largest load of the season by one team.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William Crum, the baseball player who was operated on for removal of a clot on his brain, is in critical condition in St. Anthony's Hospital.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Orchestra musicians of Tri-City movie houses are on strike, protesting the introduction of ``talkies.''

1953 -- 50 years ago
Annawan Bolders Guild team copped top honors at the annual Labor Day rolle bolle tournament held at Arena Gardens in East Moline. The event was sponsored by the Hand-in-Hand Bolders Club. Members of the winning team are Lawrence DeSplinter, Francis DeDecker and Elmer Minnaert.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Judy Fuller's first date ended with her boyfriend's new car sitting in a Green Rock sewer installation hole, and with her father yelling at city council members to go tow it out. The sewer installation hole, more than five feet deep and unbarricaded, was just across from the Fuller home, located at 613 5th St.

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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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