Day in history for May 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At a recent election in Moline, James Chapman Esq., was elected Police Magistrate under a law passed at the late session of the legislature; and has the same powers and jurisdiction as justices of the peace.

1879 -- 125 years ago
George and James Willis were up before Squire Hayden today for disorderly conduct. George had bought whiskey for a sick father when James drank it and made a disturbance. George was discharged and James was sent to jail for 60 days.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Moline board of education raised the salary of teachers in that city in amounts ranging from $2 to $10 per month.

1929 -- 75 years ago
15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island, will be formally dedicated May 19.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A $25,000 face lifting is planned for a 12-store area in Rock Island's business district as a result of a contract just signed between Greenleaf Construction Co., Rock Island, and Frank Skafidas and son, George Skafidas, owners of business interests on 3rd Avenue and 20th Street.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Residents arrived in downtown Geneseo this morning to find a favorite family restaurant and coffee-break spot closed. The inside of the Iron Kettle Restaurant, 103 E. Exchange St., was ruined by a fire that apparently started near the kitchen. No one was inside the building when the blaze started, and no damage estimate was available late this morning.

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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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