Day in history for May 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Last Monday morning we counted 13 steamboats at our levee, all busy loading or unloading, and not another boat in sight at any other town.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rt. Rev. J.L. Spalding, D.D. bishop of Peoria, will lecture at St. Joseph's Church next Sunday evening.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Weekly Argus has changed its publication date from Friday to Thursday, it was announced today.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Servus Rubber Co. of Rock Island has increased its output of rubber footwear to 17,000 pairs per day, 5,000 more than at the start of the year.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A 3-year contract with a starting salary of $8,300 a year was offered last night by the Moline Board of Education to Lamont Hultgren for the position of principal of the high school.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A dozen pottery fragments, chips from stone tools and a single Indian trade bead, that's all they have to show after a week of walking and digging at Black Hawk State Park. But what a tale those tiny bits and pieces of the past tell. They were unearthed by an Illinois State University team hired by the Illinois Department of Conservation to conduct the first professional archeological survey of the park.

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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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