Day in history for November 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The railway cars are running 20 miles into Illinois from a point opposite Burlington, Iowa, on the Peoria And Oquawka railroad. Stagecoaches take passengers over a 24-mile gap to connect with the Central Military Tract railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Iron Moulder Union will hold its annual ball in Timm's Hall Nov. 26. The moulders always put on a first-class dance.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Union services will be held in Central Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving day, when the Rev. O.W. Lawrence will give the sermon.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dr. Bryce R. Winbigler, 51, a Rock Island physician and surgeon, died of a heart attack.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Due to an epidemic of damage to street lights in Rock Island, city officials today requested citizens to notify the police department immediately if they have any information that might lead to the apprehension of the vandals.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Damage to six new International Harvester combines was reported at $60,000 to $80,000 at the International Harvester East Moline plant, 1100 3rd St. East Moline police said plant guards called officers to the IH plant about 6:37 a.m. Thursday, and police found a 1460 combine engaged and running. The combine had been started and struck other combines.

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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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