Day in history for December 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Some people want the mail service taken out of the hands of the government and placed in the hands of private carriers because there never was a slower or poor-paying department in government. But, as soon as the new president has time to kick out incompetents and rascals, postal service should improve.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A new pathway in the ice has been laid out in order to enable teams and sleighs crossing the Mississippi River to meet and pass without danger of collision.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fire in the Iroquois Theater, Chicago, today killed 602, many of them trampled to death. D.C. James of Davenport was identified as among the dead, and Nellie Hart of Rock Island was seriously injured. Several Tri-City people lost relatives in this worst American disaster of its kind.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mosenfelder And Sons announced plans to celebrate the firm's 50th anniversary in Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Unless a decision is reached by Thursday night, the city of Rock Island will enter the new year without full-time emergency ambulance service. A four-hour conference Tuesday between city officials and Paul Penny, operator of Penny's Ambulance Service, which has been providing the city ambulance service on a subsidy basis, failed to result in an agreement.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Colona woman has been named the first female deputy coroner for Henry County. Lola Odendahl, mother of five, was selected by Coroner Glenn I. Case to fill the vacancy caused by the recent death of Deputy Coroner Wayne Fairman of Green Rock.

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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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