Day in history for April 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The order given by our City Council for a fire engine has been placed on file. It is to be one of Button's best piano engines, throwing three streams, and costing $1,350.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The executive committee of the Rock Island County Sunday School Association decided to hold five conventions during the year.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Dean J.J. Quinn has announced plans for the remodeling of St. Joseph's Church at a cost of $30,000.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Jail cells in the men's section of the Rock Island County jail are now equipped with modern group control locking devices. Installation of the new locks was completed yesterday by the Pauly Jail Building Co. of St. Louis.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Because of the effectiveness of safety belts in reducing the severity of crash injuries has been definitely established by its own experience, the Bituminous Casualty Corporation of Rock Island is equipping all company cars with a second belt for the front seat.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, dredged 150 cubic yards of mud from the entrance to Marquis Harbor, Moline. The dredging will prevent the entrance from clogging later this year.

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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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