Day in history for December 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A new furniture store belonging to Charles P. Hengstler was opened next door to Henry Ziegler's Grocery Store on Illinois Street opposite the United States express office.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.J. Carroll, an employee of the Buford Plow Works, had his left eye badly injured when a fragment of steel entered it while he was working at the cutting and punching machine.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Gen. William Crozier, chief of ordnance, received a committee of citizens from the Tri-Cities, the members of which were concerned about the diminution of the working force at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The bodies of a mother and daughter were found last night seated beside a small gas range, their heads bowed over three open gas jets. The two, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Haines, 79, and her daughter, Miss Effie Haines, 52, had been despondent due to ill health.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Negotiations for sale of industrial sites included in property to be purchased by the Rock Island Lines located on the fringe area of Milan will get underway soon.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are investigating an incident in Riverside Cemetery where somebody dug a 1-foot deep hole in a grave.

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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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