Day in history for November 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The circuit court of Rock Island County commenced its fall session. Hon. Onslow Peters, judge of the Peoria circuit, holds this term by invitation of Judge Drury.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. J.A. McGaw of the Central Presbyterian Church preached this morning on ''Joseph, the Successful Man.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson were surprised by a number of friends last night, the occasion being their fourth wedding anniversary.

1930 -- 75 years ago
In an effort to aid employment conditions in the Quad-Cities area, it was reported that work on the Rock Island lock and dam would be started next March, instead of in the spring of 1932.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Damage that may run as high as several thousand dollars was tabulated today by fire department officials who sifted fire debris at the Royal Cafe, 903 15th Ave., East Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The son of a former Geneseo couple has learned that he will be assigned to the White House staff of President-elect Ronald Reagan. Gregory Newell, 31, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Newell of Hayward, Calif., served the last three months as Reagan's director of campaign scheduling in Washington, D.C.

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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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