Day in history for October 25, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A violent rain storm accompanied by unusually high winds yesterday blew down chimneys, light structures, signs and several flags.

1881 -- 125 years ago
B.T. Cable arrived from the east this week.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Former Senator W.E. Mason addressed an audience at the Illinois Theater several days ago, filling the place of Senator Cummins of Iowa. C.J. Searle presided.

1931 -- 75 years ago
With a bumper crop of 31,000 bushels of apples to handle, G. Leslie Smith, proprietor of Smith's Apple House, 529 41st St., Rock Island, is spending $5,000 this fall for a building addition and the installation of new machinery.

1956 -- 50 years ago
If news coverage runs up to par, Adlai Stevenson's overnight stop in Rock Island will net about 80,000 words. That has been about the amount of copy turned out by the hoard of newsmen accompanying the top Democratic candidate. Ten additional telewriters have been installed by Western Union in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Inlander-Steindler Paper Co. has expanded its Quad-Cities operation with a move to River Valley Industrial Park, Milan. The Midwestern wholesale company, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, opened a branch in Rock Island in 1962 with the purchase of Shocker Paper Co.

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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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