Day in history for March 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
As Charles Brewer was returning from his work in the city to his boarding place at John R. Reynolds, on the bluffs, a man sprang suddenly from the bushes and struck at him with a knife. Brewer parried the blow and received a frightful cut across the palm of his hand.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A severe snow storm took place last night. The snow drifted in some places to a depth of six or seven feet.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Charles Hastings was elected chairman of the city-township Republican committee.

1931 -- 75 years ago
John J. Devine, 63, Rock Island Lines yardmaster and an employee of the railroad since 1888, died this morning at his home, 537 28th St., Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Grover N. Kortum, 1530 12th St., Rock Island, has filed a claim of $49 against the city, charging that chemicals in the city water killed 40 of his goldfish.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island School Board wants to sell Saukie Field to the city of Rock Island or the park board to make sure it remains an open space. The decision came after several board members expressed interest in keeping the 9.46-acre ball field at 30th Avenue and 36th Street open, rather than selling it to a developer.

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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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