Day in history for November 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
John Zeigler has opened a refreshment house on Water Street. He sprained his ankle a year ago and has been unable to do any work since. No doubt he will be able to earn a comfortable living this way.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John Volk and Company, with a bid of $7,435, was the lowest bidder for the general contract for building a combination Rock Island armory, city hall and city jail.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Perry M. Cheney, 77, one of the substantial pioneers of Rock Island County, died at his farm home in Rural township.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The will of W.D. Peterson, one of the owners of a Davenport department store, revealed an estate of a million dollars. He left $187,000 to Davenport charities.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The best suspect in the theft of a purse, containing $4, at the Central Bowling Alley, 2016 3rd Ave., Rock Island, is a pistol-totin' 9-year-old boy. The victim, Mrs. Dennis Stroffe, said the boy left the spectator section at the alley shortly before she discovered her purse missing. According to a report made to police, the boy was wearing a gun belt which contained toy pistols.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Chester C. Heston, RR 1, Coal Valley, reported to Henry County sheriff's police recently that sometime within the past two weeks someone stole 30 to 40 bales of hay and six bales of straw from his son's residence in Colona Township.

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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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