Day in history for September 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus stated that ''it is gratifying for Rock Islanders to know that they have the best hotel in all this region'' in reporting a news item about the Island City Hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At a meeting of the Democratic Club last night, Ben T. Cable presided and J.H. Kerr acted as secretary. It was decided to uniform cavalry for the Oberly procession.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. W.S. Marquis preached at Broadway Presbyterian Church on ''The Young Man and the City.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Capt. Taylor Branson and the 48-member United States Marine Corps band arrived in Rock Island for a 2:14 p.m. concert at the Rock Island Public Schools Stadium.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Proposal for a $350,000 bond issue for expansion and improvement at Riverdale Elementary School will be submitted to voters of the school district Oct. 14.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A mysterious red substance that spilled from a tributary into Davenport's Duck Creek was food coloring, a U.S. Coast Guard officer said today. The source of the substance, he said, was Davenport Food Distributors, Inc., of 3602 Harrison St., who use it to coat their fish while they smoke them.

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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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