Day in history for January 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Republican, a staunch democratic paper, has recently changed its name to the Rock Island Argus.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Hunters reported rabbits as being very plentiful.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Master in Chancery F.H. Kelly is in Moline taking testimony in the case of the Moline Building, Loan and Savings Association. There is a large amount of evidence to be offered and it will probably not be concluded at this sitting.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A flat tire indirectly brought about the arrest of Pete Lagno of Chicago on a charge of violating the prohibition law. He was taken into custody in East Moline after officers found 160 1-gallon cans of alcohol in his automobile.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Roy L. ''Bud'' Dawson, 41, of 1118 4th Ave., Moline, died unexpectedly Saturday in Moline Lutheran Hospital. He was a well-known sports announcer in the Quad-City area, announcing all of Moline High School's basketball and football games on WQUA.

1981 -- 25 years ago
About a dozen people huddled in the cold funeral chapel at Moline's Memorial Park Cemetery Wednesday, listening to the priest pray over a coffin containing the body of a nameless baby found in a garbage dumpster at City Line Plaza Friday.

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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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