Day in history for July 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We are requested by Mr. Spencer to say that on account of the unsafe condition of the bridge across Rock River he has discontinued running his hack line for the present.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The noted author and singer, Philip Phillips, will give a sacred concert at the First Methodist Church, Moline, this evening.

1905 -- 100 years ago
George H. Johnston, St. Louis, who erected the Illinois Theater, has been awarded the general contract for the new Moline playhouse, the consideration being $38,000.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Probably the first newspaper subscription in western Illinois received directly from the air was dropped by Paul M. Hewitt of New York City to the Keithsburg News as his plane swooped low above the village.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The monkeys on Monkey Island, Fejervary Park, Davenport are escaping their home. Nineteen of the frisky animals swam the moat and jumped out over the weekend, but all returned when feeding time was near.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Firefighters were called at 4:45 a.m. to Hedman Anderson and Co. at 209 W. Exchange St., Geneseo, but were unable to save the structure.

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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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