Day in history for November 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The grand jury adjourned Thursday evening after a laborious session of over a week. A large amount of business was transacted and over 100 bills of indictment found for various offenses.

1880 -- 125 years ago
E.E. Rogers And Son, Port Byron bankers, have built three cribs for storing corn, with a capacity of 10,000 bushels each.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Taking effect this morning the wholesale price of coal went up 25 cents a ton. Retail prices will be advanced accordingly.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Gov. A.J. Weaver of Nebraska, speaking at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Valley Assn. at St. Louis, said he foresaw a great industrial future for the Tri-City area following the completion of a nine-foot channel in the upper-Mississippi River.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Chuck Dhooge, a standout lineman with the unbeaten Rock Island High School football team of 1952, has been named to the all-league team of the Indiana Collegiate Conference for the second straight year.

1980 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester has introduced an 80-horsepower, six-cylinder diesel tractor, and the new model already is rolling off the assembly line at IH's Farmall Plant in Rock Island.

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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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