Day in history for December 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The condition of the sidewalks on the south side of Illinois Street between Washington and Madison is a disgrace.

1880 -- 125 years ago
There was much discussion going on as to the Milan bridge when the charter expires in February. All are agreed that the bridges shall be free, but there is a difference of opinion in regard to the city of Rock Island giving the bridges to the county.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. A.W. Williamson, who recently gave up his chair of mathematics at Augustana College, presented the college with his large and valuable library.

1930 -- 75 years ago
W.L. Spencer, 96, died last evening in Moline, his death terminating an eventful life during which he became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, associated with Indians, engaged in early railroad construction and founded an Oklahoma town.

1955 -- 50 years ago
There will be no ice skating on Prospect Park lagoon for some time because of a leak. The leak was through a storm sewer that goes under the lagoon.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Efforts to preserve Rock Island's 77-year-old Rock Island Lines depot may include sale of shares to the public to pay for its renovation, along with designation as a historic place.

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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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