Day in history for February 13, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are always glad to receive communications upon any matter of public interest, but they must always be accompanied by a responsible name.

1881 -- 125 years ago
J.F. McKibbern, manager of the American Express Co., was ill at his home today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Gov. A.B. Cummins of Iowa delivered an address on Abraham Lincoln last night at the annual dinner of the Rock Island Club.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Maj. Glen E. Edgerton, Rock Island District Engineer, today said that specifications for the Rock Island locks project have been approved with minor modifications and that advertisements for bids will be sent out late next week.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An investigation by the Rock Island County sheriff's office of reports of large animal footprints in the vicinity of 48th St. and 18th Ave., Moline, this morning turned up no evidence of any such beast.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A Peoria businessman told Moline officials he wants to build a 30-acre family fun park with rides and an arcade near 47th Ave. and 53rd St. Kendall Toureene of Group VI of Peoria asked the Moline Plan Commission for a zoning variance so the firm can build the park on land now zoned for multi-family residential use.

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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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