Day in history for October 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Arrivals and departures of steamboats average more than 100 a week. The levee is covered with huge piles of merchandise. An army of men, drays, carts and wagons can be seen there rushing around.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles Militia Company will hold a series of hops at the armory through the winter, the first to be Nov. 5. The dances will be invitation affairs.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A volunteer choir has been organized to sing at Trinity Mission, 4th Avenue and 7th Street. Miss Millie Beck is organist and directress.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Aviation engineers recommend an airport to be jointly owned by Moline and Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The current issue of McCall's magazine contains the story of Mooseheart, illustrated with pictures. Mooseheart is supported by the Loyal Order of Moose, and Rock Island Lodge, No. 190, and other Moose lodges in western Illinois play a part in its support.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About $3,000 worth of furniture and a van were stolen from City Furniture, 613 17th St., Rock Island, police said. Ben Vinar, 62, owner of the store, said a couch, eight tables, six lamps and one Ford van were taken. Vinar said the burglary occurred between 5:15 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday.

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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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