Day in history for August 12, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The city attorney has been instructed to notify all those who are in arrears for their proportion of the cost of building sidewalks that unless they shall pay the same to him at once, proceedings will be commenced to collect the amount by special assessment.

1901 -- 100 years ago
There have been a large number of snake bites along the river this summer, campers being the ones who have suffered in the greatest number of instances.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Captain E.T. Hanson and Mrs. Hanson have arrived in Rock Island to take up the direction of the local division of the Salvation Army.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The chess team from the Tri-City Chess and Checkers Club retained the downstate Illinois chess team championship by defeating Decatur and Rockford teams in the annual title match at the Hotel Kaskaskia, LaSalle. The title was won last year in a match at Peoria. Members of the team are Karl Wiegmann, captain, John Warren, Henry Jeffrey and Alfons Rochow, all of Rock Island, and Clyde Gray, Davenport.

1976 -- 25 years ago
There will be plenty of natural gas for everybody this winter, gas company officials say, at a higher price. Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. officials say they haven't been notified how much higher prices will be, but the utility's principal supplier said the rate hike is expected to be about 6.2 percent, or about $15.69 for an average homeowner whose annual heating bill is now $253.

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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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