Day in history for November 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At the election this week, Mercer County voters approved making a loan of $100,000 to the Warsaw And Rockford railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Coal Valley Mining Company has forestalled a threatened strike by raising wages and also increasing the price of coal. For 16 years the company has not had a strike.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Lucy Page Gaston, president of the Anti-Cigarette League, addressed pupils of Longfellow and Irving schools. She was the guest of the Rock Island Ministerial Alliance.

1929 -- 75 years ago
George Youngvorst, 11, was fatally injured when he was dragged half a mile by a running cow near Moline. The boy was unable to free himself from a lead rope which he had wound around his waist.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Gambling has returned to Rock Island, despite the explicit orders of the mayor and the city administration to Chief of Police Claus Miller to keep the city free from gambling and vice. The gambling which has been observed in Rock Island is more than casual, The Argus has been informed on reliable evidence.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Fix them or forget them? That's the question Carbon Cliff Optimist Club members must resolve after repeated vandalism to the two school bus shelters the club built to protect village youngsters from winter's icy winds.

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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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