Day in history for May 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We publish this morning, a notice for the dedication of the new Presbyterian Church next Sunday. The attendance will be very large and the services interesting.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The glass works was destroyed by fire Saturday night. The fire was discovered by George Kelly, furnace tender. The insurance aggregated $40,000. It is said the plant will be rebuilt.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. and Mrs. Sam Peterson, who live in a cabin boat, discovered the body of the late Mrs. J.W. Rauth, who drowned near the Milan bridges on the night of March 27.

1931 -- 75 years ago
''Many surprising recommendations,'' according to Rep. Harry M. McCaskrin, Rock Island, will be contained in the report of the committee to visit penal institutions, which inspected Chester penitentiary and the state farm at Vandalia this week.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Production workers at Moline Pressed Steel Corp., East Moline, manufacturers of Buddy L toys, went out on strike this morning.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The phone booth, like the one in which Clark Kent would turn into Superman, is on the way out in favor of smaller, more durable walk-up units. The old-style booths were more fragile and more expensive.

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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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