Day in history for August 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Dr. J.R. Hayes has opened an office in Leas And Sons new block on Madison Street, opposite Union Square. His card can be found in our paper today.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new plank sidewalk is being laid on the east side of the First Baptist Church and a new drain pipe put in from the end of the church adjoining the residence of the pastor.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The mile track races begin tomorrow. The Rock Island will run trains to the track every 15 minutes. Four $1,000 stake races are to be pulled off during the week, one each day, with 16 to 24 entries in each race.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Burglars ransacked the electrical store operated by the firm of Leithner And Weishar, 1616 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A building permit to construct a swimming pool at the Tallcorn Motel, Davenport, was issued to Frank Smith today. It will be the first motel pool in the area.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Whiteside County farm family has been named a sweepstakes winner in the state 1980 Conservation Family of the Year Awards. The Doug Vandermyde family of rural Morrison was honored at the annual meeting of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Springfield.

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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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