Day in history for March 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mr. B.F. Leet, the gentleman who built the new bridge across the main channel of Rock River, arrived in town and is stopping at the Island City Hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Charles H. Wells, for some time night clerk at the Rock Island House, has left that position and is said to have accepted one in the Keator House, Moline.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Steps are to be taken immediately by the members of the East End Club on the proposition of erecting a club house this coming summer. Each club member intends to donate a certain sum toward the building proposition and in return will take stock in the building.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Operators of the Saukie Golf Course, Rock Island, opened their third course, this one at Ottumwa, Iowa.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal is a ''woman's paradise.'' Those were the words of one of the members of the Spanish military team who completed a 2-day tour of the island. The 12 visitors were a little amazed at the way Quad-City women work at machines and drive autos to and from work.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Despite the 148-day strike by the UAW against International Harvester, farmers should have little trouble getting needed repair parts this spring. The biggest asset has come from the nationwide dealer computer system.

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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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