Day in history for July 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Russian wheat crop this season is abundant. An enormous amount will be exported.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A new engine for the Rock Island waterworks was being constructed at the Holly Works at Lockport, N.Y.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Archie Hart was elected president of the Tri-City Labor Congress.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. Russell Berner and daughter, Patricia Jean, have arrived from Evanston to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Berner, and to attend the Geneseo homecoming.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A ''forest'' of steel is rising in Milan despite the current steel strike as work progresses on the huge warehouse and general office building for Eagle Food Centers. The warehouse is part of a $7 million expansion program of the firm. It will offer 155,600 square feet of floor space and is located east of Highway 67 and north of Knoxville Rd.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Carol Schuley was taking a break from waxing her car about 1:45 p.m. Friday when she got tired, and nearly killed. A westbound truck on Interstate 74 lost a dual-wheel assembly which bounded off the highway and onto Schuley's front porch at 3740 31st St., Moline. ''It just missed me,'' said Schuley, measuring off about a foot with her hands.

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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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