Day in history for December 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
About noon today, Thomas McGrath, a drayman, was badly hurt by a kick on his head from his horse while it was frightened and running away.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. O.W. Van Osdel was surprised by a number of his friends who came loaded with baskets of things to eat.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Gen. William Crozier, chief of ordnance, U.S.A., departed at noon today for Washington after his annual inspection of Rock Island Arsenal.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Canning Factory at 49th Ave. on the banks of the Rock River is being razed. The late Elliott D. Fisher, 4700 12th St., Rock Island, was manager for about 20 years and later Lorin Darling served in that capacity.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Edward P. Denkmann, 88, of 122 4th Ave., Rock Island, son of F.C.A. Denkmann, co-founder of Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann Co., died at 2 yesterday afternoon in Moline Public Hospital after an extended illness.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Officials of the Moline Foundation today presented the Moline Public Library with the largest grant the institution has ever received, a $400,000 gift that will help finance construction of a $1.1 million facility at 3130 41st St., Moline.

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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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