Day in history for October 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John Deere's plows are appreciated. He has taken the first premium at the state fair.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A milk wagon, with a lady driver, was upset this forenoon on 18th St. in front of the Rock Island National Bank building. Cause, too much wind. No material damage done.

1905 -- 100 years ago
F.W. Jones of East St. Louis, state organizer for the Improved Order of Red Men, is in the city for the purpose of organizing a new tribe here. Years ago Rock Island was represented in the order by O Sau Kee tribe and for many years was in a flourishing condition.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The war department authorized an allotment of $100,000 to continue the nine-foot channel survey of the upper Mississippi River between the mouth of the Missouri River and Minneapolis, Minn.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A site for a Howard Johnson restaurant in Rock Island has been approved by the nationally-famous dining establishment operators. The location is adjacent to the south wing of the South Wind Motel in the 4300 block on 11th St.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An Arkansas gun collector is going to pay Rock Island County $3,520 for a pair of Prohibition-era submachine guns that brought bids from across the country.

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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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