Day in history for May 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The dredge boats, Lowell and Hercules, which have been at work taking out the piers and embankment of the old railroad bridge, have finished their job.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Argus announced its intention of renovating its quarters during the summer months.

1926 -- 75 years ago
By nearly a two-thirds majority, business and professional men of Rock Island have voted in favor of the adoption of the daylight saving time schedule for the Tri-Cities.

1951 -- 50 years ago
In scores of speeches and a display of flexing military muscle the nation today paid tribute to its unified armed forces at home and on the field of battle in Korea. A monstrous B-36 bomber, one of the United States' foremost aircraft, flew over Rock Island this morning in salute to the Quad-City area on Armed Forces Day. Later a squadron of smaller, 2-engine craft buzzed the city in greeting. The B-36, a 6-engine powerhouse, passed over the Fort Armstrong Hotel area.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The largest gift in St. Ambrose College's 94-year history will be used to develop new programs, including some for women, minorities, and gifted students. Only $100,000 of the $1.5 million grant will be used for equipment, Dr. William J. Bakrow, college president, said, with the remainder of the money going to fund ``ideas.'' St. Ambrose is one of 34 colleges to receive such a grant this year. About 1,000 schools applied.

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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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