Day in history for November 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Messrs. Stone and Boomer have commenced the work of raising the great railroad bridge. The trestle work for one span is nearly completed and we shall soon see the network of the bridge stretching out to the first pier.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Florence Herbert combination opened a week's engagement at the Harper Theater with ''Lost and Won.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
''The Two Johns'' will be the attraction at the Illinois Theater tomorrow night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Greater enthusiasm for the presentation of the Passion Play by the Freiburg players at Augustana College Jan. 4, 5 and 6 was manifested at a meeting of the Passion Play general committee. Frank E. Brandt, chairman, presided and announced the appointment of new committee members.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport city plan commission began study of proposals by the U.S. Army to build a $150,000 armory on a four-acre tract on Cram Field.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Colona man has been accused of shooting a cow with a .50 caliber black-powder, muzzle-loading rifle. The shooting occurred in a field south of the U.S. 6-Illinois 84 junction in Colona Township.

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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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