Day in history for August 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Edward A. Rucker, Chicago, and Peter Sweat, Peoria, were appointed commissioners for the State of Illinois by the court of claims at Washington.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Roswell Richmond, Rock Island, died suddenly in her home. She was 44 years old and left a husband and three children.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Harry Sage, former manager of the Rock Island Baseball Club, wrote his reminiscences of baseball in the Argus.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs led the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League pennant race by the slim margin of one percentage point. Philadelphia led the American league by 12 games.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The theft of 16 pigeons, valued at $25, was reported to Rock Island police this morning by Charles O. VanHoe, 1220 9th St., Rock Island. VanHoe told police the pigeons were removed from a coop at his residence after a wire screen was torn loose from a window.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline man has been re-elected high court trustee of the 168,000 member Catholic Order of Foresters. Victor J. Standaert was selected last week for a second four-year term. He was elected at the order's 41st national convention in Minneapolis.

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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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