Day in history for April 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council has asked for bids from carpenters on putting up a high board fence around Church (Spencer) Square.

1880 -- 125 years ago
There is strong competition between the steamboats Viola and Cora Emily in carrying passengers and freight to Andalusia, Buffalo and Linwood.

1905 -- 100 years ago
New Shops (Silvis) will turn out 27 locomotives this month. The prior record was 23 at this new maintenance and manufacturing point for the Rock Island railroad.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Ruth Hanna McCormick, Republican nominee for U.S. senator from Illinois, is in Rock Island today for three campaign talks.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The 7-1/2-acre tract between 34th and 36th streets, south of 22nd Avenue, Rock Island, once considered as a suitable spot for a new swimming pool, has been cleared of tons of bushes, trees and stumps by park workmen. Numerous fine trees still remain to give the area a setting for some possible future development in the park system.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Some Silvis residents are at a loss to explain a bright, blinking white light that apparently hovered between Illini Tower and Illini Hospital before drifting out of sight Monday night. A woman who saw the UFO said the light was about ''10 times larger than a star.''

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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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