Day in history for October 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The proposed Rock Island and Alton Railroad from St. Louis to Dubuque will pass through Preemption and just east of the city limits of both Rock Island and Davenport.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A new society paper known as ''Saturday Afternoon People'' was launched today in Davenport. S.S. Parr is editor and publisher.

1906 -- 100 years ago
George L. Weaver of Chicago, who succeeds Philip Briscoe as steward of the Rock Island Club, begins his duties Monday.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The ''Rockety-I of Retrospect,'' yearbook published by the junior class at Augustana College last year, has been awarded a ''first class honor rating-excellent'' in a contest conducted by the National Scholastic Press Assn.

1956 -- 50 years ago
No mad dashes to the hospital for Mrs. John King of Silvis. Mrs. King went to the office of Dr. Edmund Kean, East Moline, Tuesday to have a final checkup before going to the hospital to have her baby. The trip to the hospital was not necessary. The baby, a boy, was conveniently born in the doctor's office.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An old South State Street bridge spanning the Geneseo Creek collapsed after an auto struck it at 4:40 a.m. Saturday. The southbound car struck the bridge's superstructure on the east side, causing the bridge to cave in.

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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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