Day in history for December 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There will be a great turkey shoot on Dec. 24 about a mile-and-a-quarter above Moline on the River Road.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island County Board of Supervisors was investigating the accounts of former county treasurers going back for quite a long period.

1905 -- 100 years ago
After a conference with authorities, three saloons that had been closed were reopened and the saloon licenses returned.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A heavily armed bandit staged two holdups in Moline about 11 last night, wounded a porter by accident and escaped with $94 after forcing 15 customers in a soft drink bar to stand with arms upraised.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Expenditures totaling $2,005,500 in the Quad-City region are included in the $127,305,000 Illinois highway construction program for 1956, announced today by Gov. William G. Stratton. Rock Island County is marked for $1,095,500 in state spending for road and bridge construction and land acquisition.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Fifty Rock Island firefighters battled freezing temperatures and high winds for more than six hours overnight before quelling a blaze early today that gutted the Rock Island Labor Temple, 2100 3rd Ave.

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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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