Day in history for May 22, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The telegraph wires are now in connection with Davenport via the bridge. Mr. Sweet, the superintendent, has been engaged for a week in replacing them, after they had been broken down by the falling of the bridge.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Victory went up the river this morning with a number of barges in tow.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Henry H. Chase died at his home last night from blood poisoning contracted in caring for a patient.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Yesterday marked the official opening of the final link in Route 84, state highway between Taylor Ridge and the Muscatine bridge, and the completion of a hard road route between Rock Island and the lower end of Rock Island County.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline firemen entered a bid with the City Council finance committee for pay raises, which with wages for the proposed addition of eight members, would amount to an estimated $45,000 hike in wage expense next year.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Machinery and memorabilia left over from the glory days of the Rock Island Lines will be auctioned off Saturday in Silvis. John Burnett, vice president of purchasing for the bankrupt railroad, said several auctions held at other Rock properties have been quite successful.

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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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