Day in history for June 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island woman, speaking before a gathering of local ladies, said the reason children were so bad in that generation was because of the advent of the button shoes, making the shoes difficult to slip off easily. She said in her day, the old slipper used to do its duty with surprising results.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus suggested the name of James M. Buford for a place on the board of education.

1905 -- 100 years ago
During the electrical storm Saturday, lightning struck the cottage occupied by Capt. Thomas at Rock Island Arsenal. Only slight damage resulted.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Chicago Chief of Detectives John Stege announced that he would have every well known gangster and hoodlum in the city in jail within six hours in an attempt to find the murderer of Alfred ''Jake'' Lingle, Chicago Tribune crime reporter.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two bandits stole $1,800 from the Tri-City Supermarket, 754 15th Ave., East Moline, last night as the money was being delivered to a bank.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island school officials have applied for a $57,053 state grant for transitional bilingual programs.

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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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