Day in history for May 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Who can believe that Rock Island, which was sort of terra incognita to the general land office only 30 years ago, is now the gateway to an empire beyond the Mississippi.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Hennepin Canal convention inaugurated its session in Davenport this morning, being called to order by Maj. Allen of Geneseo, who introduced Judge Murphy of Davenport as temporary chairman.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The recitations and examinations at Augustana College closed for the school year this afternoon.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A huge distillery, believed to have been one of the principal sources of supply for Tri-City alcohol dealers, was uncovered last night when Henry County authorities raided a barn on a farm near Colona and seized two 500 gallon stills, 600 gallons of finished product, and 65,000 gallons of mash.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Peter H. Bohn, 12, of 3700 21st Ave., Rock Island, is believed to be one of the youngest to hold an amateur radio license in the United States.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Sometimes the view from the rear is as important as a good front. That's why Stuart Waxenburg, owner of Fitzgibbon's Men's Wear, 1616 5th Ave., Moline, is planning a ''face lifting'' for his store's back entrance.

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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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