Day in history for September 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Two German Methodist clergymen were holding German language services in the basement of the old church on Union Square.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus announced that Charles W. O'Neil of Osborn, Curtis And O'Neil, struck a bonanza in Colorado, where he has been located for some months.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The total enrollment of Rock Island public schools was given as 2,913, an increase of 149 over last year.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thousands cheered as pilots participating in the National Air Tour coast-to-coast race made a stopover at Cram Field in Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Police reported 13 tackling dummies missing from Browning Field with 7 of the training devices recovered after a brief search of the bushes around the field. The dummies are rather sizable figures, about 4 feet high, weighing 50 pounds each.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Six seconds after a demolitions expert pushed a plunger, it was over, and all that remained of Moline's 48-year-old Arsenal bridge was a pile of debris in the river and the piers supporting the ends. The new span, an $8.2 million structure, will begin carrying traffic from Moline's 16th Street to the Arsenal next month.

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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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