Day in history for March 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There now are three companies interested in building a railroad from Rock Island to Alton in southern Illinois.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Fritz and Satan, the bloodhounds used in the new ''Uncle Tom's Cabin,'' attracted much attention as they were taken for a walk in Rock Island today. The play will be presented tonight in Harper's Opera House.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Representative Magill has introduced a bill in the Legislature for appropriation of $50,000 for a monument on Campbell's Island. The island was the site of a battle in the War of 1812.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of 25,000 watched the funeral of John ''Dingbat'' Oberta, slain Chicago gangster.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Old Washington School is gradually disappearing from the Moline landscape. As good weather prevails, workmen are speeding the work of dismantling the 81-year-old structure at 8th Avenue and 17th Street.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Len H. Small, descendant of a pioneer Kankakee family, a lawyer who became editor and publisher of The Kankakee Daily Journal and chief executive officer of six daily newspapers in three states, is dead at the age of 65. Small, chairman of Moline Dispatch Publishing Co., was killed in a two-car collision on Illinois 113 about 10 miles north of his home in Kankakee.

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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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