Day in history for December 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Sultan of Turkey will take the field in person in the war against Russia. England is undecided. Napoleon III is raising 100,000 men. Bucharest is reported destroyed. These items of news, though three weeks old, are the latest from the Crimean war front.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The finest clubrooms of Rock Island are those of the Black Hawk Club, which is now at the foot of 17th St., second story of the gas company's building.

1903 -- 100 years ago
When a drunken man sent in a fire alarm this morning, the department's men and horses galloped to the Fremont Butter Tub Company, all for nothing.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Sears, Roebuck Company will open a store in Rock Island after the first of the year.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Richard Buck, conservator of the Inter-Museum Conservation Association, completed his five days of ``detective'' work at the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. The work consists of inspecting old paintings, studying their authenticity and evaluating them. The purpose of the organization is restoration of art works in galleries whose budgets do not permit installation of full-time departments of conservation.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ten new fire monitors were bought for $1,685 Monday night by the Coal Valley Fire Protection District. Trustees accepted the low bid from Warren Radio, Peoria, for 10 Regency fire monitors.

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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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