Day in history for March 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Where in the whole Mississippi Valley can be found at a point more suitable for a public hospital or national armory than our own island of Rock Island?

1880 -- 125 years ago
The rain of the past few days has made a very perceptible difference in the color of the grass and also in the budding appearance of the trees.

1905 -- 100 years ago
President Mather and other officials of the Rock Island Railway are here inspecting the road's properties.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Sophronia Hadsell Kent, Rock Island's first primary teacher, died at the age of 90. She was born in 1839 in City Hotel, which faced Spencer Square.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Appearing on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town TV show last night, the Augustana College choir from Rock Island sang ''Oh What a Beautiful Morning'' from the musical ''Oklahoma'' in Swedish. Sullivan introduced the choir as coming from ''Rockford, one of the Quad-Cities.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
St. Ambrose College in Davenport has received $500,000 from the John Deere Foundation, the largest corporate gift in the school's history. The gift brings to $1 million the amount so far pledged in the school's Centennial Countdown campaign aimed at raising $6.8 million for new construction and continuing operations.

Back: Available days in March 2005



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

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.








(More History)