Day in history for October 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Presbyterian Synod of Peoria is now in session at the Second Presbyterian Church.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Flour has advanced to 24 cents per barrel in the Tri-Cities.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Fire of unknown origin destroyed the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and stables early this morning. The total loss was estimated at $7,500, with little insurance.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Approximately 60 representatives from Christian Endeavor societies from Rock Island County gathered last night in the First Christian Church, East Moline, for their seventh annual convention.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Roger L. Spitznas, assistant professor of geology at Augustana College, represented the college at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Illinois State Geological Survey being held today in Urbana.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Police Department's ''blue flu'' epidemic comes at a delicate time for both Moline and the Rock Island police officers called in to replace them. Police had to contend with an outdoor beer festival, Rock Island High School's homecoming parade, a state convention in Moline of the NAACP and Vice President Walter Mondale's visit scheduled for today.

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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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