Day in history for March 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The first arrival of oranges and lemons this season may be found at the new salon of David B. Langley on the levee. He's also prepared to serve up oysters.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Evansville arrived last night from the Ohio River, having been detained for 30 hours at New Boston by floating ice. The Evansville will be used for towing boats over the Rock Island rapids.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rabbi Foneshriber will lecture on ''Russia and Its Modern Problems'' in Burtis Opera House under auspices of the Tri-City Press Club.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Completion of paving the road from Illinois City to the Muscatine bridge is expected by Aug. 1.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Whitey Verstraete, Moline's record-breaking scorer, has been named a first-team forward on the all-state basketball team announced today by the Chicago Daily News. The 6-3 Maroon senior smashed all existing Moline individual records in his two seasons as a varsity player.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Energy analyst Alfred Humphries of Dain Bosworth Inc., a Denver, Colo., investment firm told about 350 people in Davenport gasoline prices have ''nowhere to go but up'' and recommended investments in energy companies as a ''way to make money out of the energy crisis.''

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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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