Day in history for October 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The members of the bar of Rock Island County expressed deep regret at the death of Col. D.G. McGown, a Rock Island lawyer.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Democrats of Rural township held a rally last night which was addressed by Dr. J.F. Todd of Galva. There was a torchlight procession by the Rural Hancock Club, headed by the Milan cornet band.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The annual banquet of the Young People's Assn. of Broadway Presbyterian Church, a feature of the 23rd anniversary meet, was held last night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Leon W. Mitchell of Rock Island, vice president of the Rock Island Stove Co., was elected president of the board of directors of the Rock Island Welfare Assn.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The investigation into the arson attempt at McKinley School, Moline, is broadening in scope. The fires, all small, were started under a basement stairway, in the cafeteria and in a washroom.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Postcards from the collection of Aretta Watzel currently are on display at the Rock Island Public Library. The cards, dated from the turn-of-the-century to about 1915, include scenes of past Rock Island landmarks, familiar Quad-Cities sights and greeting cards.

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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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