Day in history for August 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Two Irishmen in the employ of railroad contractor E.P. Reynolds on the island died last night of Asiatic cholera. They were at work when they became ill in the afternoon and they died before midnight. There are no other cases on the island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A contract has been let to the Rock Island firm of Reynolds, Saulpaugh And Co. for the C.B. And Q. roadway from Brooks Crossing to the depot.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The first monotype typecasting machine in the Tri-Cities has been installed by Kramer And Co., Rock Island printers.

1929 -- 75 years ago
International Harvester Co. awarded a $300,000 contract to Priester Construction Co. for a new wheel manufacturing building and other improvements at Farmall Works.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Today's rain slowed down operations in moving an old 3-story house, formerly located at the southeast corner of 19th St. and 7th Ave., Moline, to its new location on 24th St., between 11th Ave. B and 11th Ave. C. The house was making little headway because of wet brick paving.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Don Knight, RR 1, Moline, has hammered, glued and stapled more than 1,000 pieces of wood since January to fashion a dollhouse for his 4-year-old granddaughter Melissa. Four stately columns beckon you to all the charm of the South in this two-story, two-bath, three-bedroom house with huge living room and formal dining room.

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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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