Day in history for February 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The largest mass meeting ever held at the courthouse took place last night. Citizens resolved that the city must protect its rights in the ferry charter held by Messrs. Robinson and Spencer. A resolution adopted calls upon the council to send agents to Springfield to oppose action of the legislature on a ferry franchise to a private group.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The good people of Blue Grass, Iowa, are in a flutter of excitement over the elopement of their pastor with one of his parishioners, who took along her three children. The officers have traced them to Rock Island and are on their track from here.

1904 -- 100 years ago
An epidemic of neuralgia has invaded Geneseo, with 35 cases reported. Some of those who are ill are experiencing intense suffering.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Michael R. Bardoel, 23, Moline boxer, was critically injured during a ring contest in Kewanee.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 40-foot section of the west wall of the McCormick Bowling Alleys, on Main St. in Viola, collapsed at 10:55 p.m. Monday, causing several hundred dollars of damage. Monday night's heavy rain was believed to be a contributing factor to the wall's collapse.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A team of 27 medical and dental missionaries led by a Moline priest return home following two weeks of volunteer work in Haiti. The Rev. James E. Allemeier, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church, returns from the third medical-dental-educational mission to Mountrouis, Haiti.

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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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