Day in history for March 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The most startling news arrived on the steamship Africa. The emperor of Russia is dead. He expired March 2.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city Democratic convention nominated S.B. Stoddard, Jr., for mayor. B.D. Buford was chairman of the convention.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Fresh from two weeks training with the Pittsburgh Nationals at Hot Springs, Jack McConnell arrived today to take over as manager of the Rock Island professional baseball team.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Joseph S. Kelly, rector of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moline, for 32 years, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A thief who got there ahead of the cleaners stole a bundle of clothing and drapes from the porch of the Harold Holst residence, 717 3rd St. A, Moline, this morning, Mrs. Holst reported to police. Loss was estimated at $92.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A marshy field and creek have been polluted with perhaps thousands of gallons of diesel fuel that apparently spilled from a storage tank on the grounds of the East Moline Correctional Center. Federal, state and city officials Friday began cleanup efforts to remove the oil that may have been draining into Honey Creek, and eventually, the Mississippi River, for weeks.

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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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