Day in history for August 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John Warner, the bridge contractor, boards at the Island City Hotel when in town. If absent from his hotel, he may be found on the levee above the railroad depot selecting stone to be taken by boats to the piers.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Business on the Rock Island And Peoria Railway is good at present and all are happy.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Wishing to be separated forever from a wife who assaults him with a club and throws spittoons and threatens his life, William Page of Moline has commenced suit for divorce against Bertha Page.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thousands of Quad-Cities residents were thrilled by their first glimpse of a Navy fighting squadron at the Moline Airport shortly after noon today when the famous Red Rippers of the Pacific fleet roared over the field in formation.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of four Navy jet planes which flew over the Quad City area yesterday afternoon was forced to make an emergency landing at the Quad-City Airport because of a faulty fuel gauge.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Tolls for Rock Island's Centennial Bridge are likely to rise from 15 cents for automobiles to 20 or 25 cents next year to offset an estimated $1 million in repairs.

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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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