Day in history for February 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
R.K. Allen has brought five beautiful thoroughbred horses from Long Island, N.Y., and they have just arrived at the Allen stables in Davenport.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The city of Rock Island's total debt has grown to $310,000. Condiserable ingenuity will be required on the part of city officials to meet the interest on this debt and reduce it.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Paving of 14th Avenue, Rock Island, from 30th Street to 46th Street will cost $43,137.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Seven members of the north side Chicago gang of George Bugs Moran were trapped in a garage, lined up against a wall and shot dead with sawed-off shotguns. The killers, believed to be members of a rival gang, wore police uniforms.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An emergency landing flare, accidentally discharged from a United Airlines plane over Moline, gave rise to a rash of rumors of a plane crashing in flames near the south end of the city. The magnesium flare, still burning, landed in a tree in Garfield School yard, 1518 25th Ave., where it burned out without causing any damage.

1979 -- 25 years ago
When Moline's youth baseball program gets underway in Green Valley Park this spring, fathers, sons and spectators will remember Glenn O. Parmley. The park board is expected to name the park's eight-diamond baseball complex in honor of Parmley, Moline parks supervisor who died Feb. 4. He was well-known for his dedication to children's programs.

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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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