Day in history for November 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Few counties in our state are settling up more rapidly at the present time than Henry, and few, if any, present more or greater advantages of soil and other permanent sources of wealth. Two railroads are now in process of construction through the county promising to render it someday as the most wealthy and densely populated.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The G.H. Wilson left here for the south with a good load of freight for St. Louis.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Charles Kell, of Edgington, is mourning the loss of Tommy Raymond, the well-known pacing gelding, that was entered in several races on the Ninth Street track this season.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Orville Rennie has been assigned to the Fort Theater as singing master of ceremonies.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Three portable iron lungs, one each for St. Anthony's, Moline Public, and Moline Lutheran hospitals, will be provided by the United Tavern Owners and Wholesalers of Rock Island County. Lee Mohr, chairman of the board of the group, said the portable iron lungs will be presented to the hospitals in the name of the people of Rock Island County.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Construction work to shore up a collapsed wall along Moline's 16th Street hill above Black Hawk Road should get under way in a couple of weeks. The wall, which crumbled for the second time last spring and has been that way ever since, has been a sore point for area residents.

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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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