Day in history for May 3, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
It seems to us that something is wrong at the gas works. The offensive odor is almost intolerable.

1881 -- 125 years ago
R.R. Cable, general manager of the Rock Island Railroad, was a guest last night at the Harper House.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At the national conference of the United Christian Party, held at the Watch Tower Inn yesterday, William R. Benkert of Davenport was reelected chairman.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School stenographic team won first place in the team and individual classes of the Big Nine stenographic contest at Moline High School. Ethel Greenblatt, 824 19th St., Rock Island, won first place in the individual competition.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island public school students purchase over $1,000 a month in United States savings stamps through their schools. According to John J. McCarthy, Rock Island postmaster, the students have purchased about $5,500 in stamps since Jan. 1.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Greg Krumdieck, 17, 926 32nd Ave., Moline, has collected nearly 100 caps during the past three years. He started the collection because his father had brought home some caps from his business trips. The Alleman High School junior is the son of George and Mary Krumdieck.

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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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