Day in history for August 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William Russell has dug his own grave, planked it, and made his own tombstone, leaving nothing for his friends to do but deposit him when the time comes. At present the independent Mr. Russell is healthy.

1879 -- 125 years ago
George Buford of the Kansas City branch of the Buford Plow Works is visiting the home plant in Rock Island and with relatives.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John Crubaugh, pioneer railroad and bridge contractor, died. He was vice president of the Rock Island Savings Bank.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dedication of a memorial in Black Hawk State Park to Rock River Rangers featured a meeting of the Rock Island County Old Settlers Association. The Rangers were 58 first settlers who organized to fight for the Quad-Cities area in the Black Hawk War of 1831-32.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island councilmen voted unanimously to consider a bid by the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. to lease new radio equipment for the city's police department. The bid, according to city purchasing officer Gordon A. Stearns, calls for payment of $224.54 per month for a 5-year period.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline's King Plaza has been sold for $1.6 million. The plaza, 3626 23rd Ave., includes a Geifman's Food Store, Kinney Shoes, Walgreens Drugs and other shops. It is now co-owned by the Central Life Assurance Co. of Des Moines and Tom Luksetich, a Dubuque investor.

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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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