Day in history for April 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Since The Argus became a daily, three other Rock Island dailies have sprung into being, but The Argus subscription list and advertising patronage have grown steadily. We are compelled to enlarge our paper.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A group from the Methodist church enjoyed a Charles Dickens Night last evening in the home of Judge S.S. Guyer. Selections from Dickens works were read by those present.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The third death in six months in one family occurred today when Mrs. Alfretta Hansen died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ann Bleuer, Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Hugo H. Lohse was named commodore of the reorganized Island City Boat Club.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Police today are seeking new candidates for the dubious title of the ''meanest thief.'' The thief or thieves took 16 small evergreen trees from two cemeteries in Rock Island during the weekend.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Federal, state and East Moline officials plan to burn about two acres of marshy Northeast Park land found contaminated last week by diesel fuel from the East Moline Correctional Center. Prison staff are cooperating with the Coast Guard, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the EPA and the East Moline Health Department in the cleanup.

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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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