Day in history for May 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was learned by The Argus that a man was perfecting plans for the erection of a bath house in the city. Citizens were urged to encourage the enterprise with their patronage.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new drinking cup of granite iron was presented at the court house for use at the public pump.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Masonic lodges of Rock Island advanced the fees for the first three orders.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Kid Leonard of Moline slugged his way to victory over Billy Hoon of Rock Island in 10 rounds of furious fighting in Davenport Coliseum.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rodney Brodie, who made medical history 2 1/2 years ago by becoming the first head-joined Siamese twin to survive separation, is in grave condition following an unexpected setback. University of Illinois Research Hospital said the famous 3 1/2 year old boy has a brain hemorrhage.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Piper Aztec twin engine plane crash landed early today at the Quad-City Airport, Moline, after a landing gear malfunction. The pilot, Mark McClain from Des Moines, was not injured and the plane incurred only minor damage.

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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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