Day in history for July 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Some of our citizens have suggested the propriety of preparing a hospital. It should be established near town where pure water and good air may be enjoyed and at a convenient distance for the attendance of physicians and nurses.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Levi Higgins, new proprietor of the hotel at Orion, is a guest at the Rock Island House.

1904 -- 100 years ago
One of the most unique, and at the same time popular and appropriate, souvenirs that yet has been designed in the interest of Rock Island takes the form of a silver spoon, the work and idea of Fred Bleuer, the jeweler.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A petition is being circulated for the city to convert the pioneer Dickson Cemetery, near Black Hawk State Park, into a park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's downtown street lighting system still is being hailed as one of the most modern in the nation six-and-a-half years after its completion. The Westinghouse Corporation, from which the lights were purchased, has named Rock Island as one of its model cities during the observance of the diamond or 75th anniversary of the incandescent light.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Librarians all over the Quad-Cities knew Charles Barton as one of their most regular patrons. But they say they were shocked when they learned police entered his Rock Island home and found more than 2,000 stolen books.

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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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