Day in history for February 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Never has a time been known when snowdrifts so obstructed railroads as now. A train left here early today, trying to get through to Chicago, but train officials could not find our postmaster and therefore an accumulation of outgoing mail continues to pile up in the Rock Island post office.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island men who are promoting organization of the Rock Island Steam Heating Company have decided that no person can buy more than $5,000 worth of the company's stock.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.W. Stewart has traded his hardware store for land in Canada. Thus an old Rock Island business passes.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Miss Fern Carl has been chosen as the new Home Bureau adviser in Rock Island County.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen, starting at 11:38 this morning, fought a sawdust blaze at the Rock Island Millwork Co., 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, for an hour-and-a-half. Damage, however, from the fire was reported as nominal.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Four persons were injured in a spectacular 12-car pile-up during rush hour this morning on the Interstate 74 bridge between Moline and Bettendorf. The pile-up occurred in the eastbound lane of the bridge about 8:50 a.m.

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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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