Day in history for March 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois legislation passed the so-called Maine liquor law, prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquor, but most of our legislators got drunk on the last night of the session and repealed the law, according to reports we hear from the capital.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The ''15'' puzzle is all the vogue in Rock Island, where book stores report large sales of the puzzle.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Bishop Edward Fawcett arrived last night and officiated at services in Trinity Episcopal Church.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Alice Rush, who taught in Rock Island High School 23 years, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A permit for remodeling of Mosenfelders And Sons clothing store, 1709-11 2nd Ave., Rock Island, at an estimated cost of $23,500, was issued this morning by Rex E. Walker, Rock Island building inspector. The remodeling will include a new store front, floor, ceiling, lighting and office fixtures, tailor shop, dressing rooms and display fixtures.

1980 -- 25 years ago
''Polite but firm'' was the way an NBC ''Real People'' reporter today described a refusal by Deere And Co. officials to discuss the firm's reasons for firing Jodi Stutz. Stutz, a former secretary at Deere, was fired last month for photostating her nude bottom on a company photocopy machine.

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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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