Day in history for February 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The last span in the great railroad bridge across the Mississippi at this place is raised.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A county temperance meeting was held at the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon. L.D. Parmenter was elected president.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Fort Armstrong Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, gave its annual Washington Colonial Tea yesterday at the home of Mrs. G.G. Blakeslee.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two of the six Rock Island Township assistant supervisors whose terms expire this year fell by the wayside in ward caucuses last night. Harry H. Ungerforth losing in the 3rd Ward by a single vote to Ben Adams and Ben Payne being replaced in the 4th Ward by endorsement without a contest for Charles H. Lidders.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Fire which shot through a 10-story broiler ventilator chute generated dense clouds of smoke and caused extensive damage to the kitchen at the Blackhawk Hotel at 12:45 this afternoon.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County officials today tested the new voting system set to debut in Tuesday's primaries. The test was the first formal test of the Optical Mark Reader system under which a machine electronically scans ballots marked in pencil.

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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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