Day in history for December 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Sheriff Swander has printed notices, which he has posted in each precinct, concerning the places and times he will receive payments of taxes.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Cleveland Coal Co. has drained about four more acres of Rock River and is taking out coal lying almost on the surface of what was the bottom of the stream. Twenty-seven carloads of coal went out on the C. B. and Q. yesterday.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A new pauper house at the Rock Island County infirmary will be dedicated Dec. 29, the first anniversary of the burning of the building it replaces.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The 25th anniversary of aviation was celebrated at Kitty Hawk, N.C., where the Wright Brothers made their first airplane flight Dec. 17, 1903.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Receipts at the Moline Post Office have hit the $1,000,000 mark for the first time in its history, it was announced by Tulle V. Davis, acting postmaster. Davis said that the organizational plan of the post office department provides for salary increases for the postmaster and some other high officials when receipts pass the $1,000,000 mark.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police arrested a 20-year-old woman after a fight broke out at a downtown bingo game. She was charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon. She was arrested about 8:45 p.m. at her home after an incident about 6:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Elks Club, 220 19th 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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