Day in history for August 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Nearly all officers and troops had been removed from Ft. Riley, Kansas, as the cholera epidemic continued to sweep through the camp. The chaplain was the only officer remaining on the post.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A live Poland China hog was received here in transit by an express company from Dallas County, Iowa, destined for Alpha, in Henry County.

1905 -- 100 years ago
There was a struggle between the Searle and Allen forces in the Republican congressional contest when the primaries were held.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Robert E. Whalen, 37, president of the National Automobile Racing Association, was killed in Sterling when struck by a race car at the Speedbowl Track.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Bambi, the five-year-old buck deer, familiar to employees of Rock Island Arsenal before his transfer to mating grounds in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, is dead, the victim of a sudden and unexplained ailment.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Commonwealth Edison Co. and two of its employees were found innocent of fraud and conspiracy charges stemming from the records kept of alleged security infractions at the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station during 1976 and 1977.

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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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