Day in history for October 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A committee has secured the services of the Rev. J. Newberry, Cleveland, Ohio, to conduct a teachers' institute in Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The synod of Illinois of the Presbyterian church will meet at Central Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, Oct. 15. Delegates from 175 churches are expected.

1903 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton would not allow his name to go before the American Association in Chicago yesterday as a candidate for the presidency of that organization.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Seventeen state banks in Rock Island County report deposits and resources in excess of $50,000,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Half the tickets for the special luncheon honoring John T. Brown, Racine, Wis., newly elected president of the J.I. Case Co., have been sold, Rock Island chamber officials reported today. Co-sponsors of the luncheon include the Optimist, Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, retail bureau and Chamber of Commerce.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Somebody who apparently doesn't like basketball hoops pulled down at least six of them in southwest Rock Island Sunday. Hoops and backboards were damaged at the homes of Ed Combs, 1712 88th Ave. West; Harry Theus, 8914 Ridgewood Road; James B. Gamache, 1601 80th Ave. West; Caroline Jennisch, 8811 16th St. West; George Atkinson, 1709 89th Ave. West; and John Phillips, 8925 19th St. West.

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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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