Day in history for August 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island sparkles at night like a diamond as the long line of gas lights reflect in the river. They boast of a large increase of business since the tap was cut off in Davenport.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The dry weather is noticeable by its effects on the trees in the city. Large quantities of fallen leaves strew our avenues and streets.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Burglars made a haul of $40 at the home of A.F. Anderson, 103 5th Ave., Moline.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An impromptu tour of Rock Island's business district yesterday revealed the extent to which the Yo-Yo has the city in its toils. Scores of persons were trying their hands at the fascinating game.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 30-year-old Rock Island man was rescued about 4 yesterday afternoon after the motorboat in which he and three companions were riding overturned in Rock River. The rescued man is John Timmons, 710 18th St., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Contracts totaling $8.3 million for 129 gun mounts destined for the United Kingdom and Jordan have been awarded to Rock Island Arsenal. The devices will be manufactured in 1983, largely because the Arsenal's production schedule is backlogged until then.

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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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