Day in history for October 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Only 400 tickets were issued to the Empire Minstrels gift concert which is set for tonight at Empire Hall. The more than 30 prizes which are to be presented may be seen at Hakes and Riggs Jewelry Store. This company is the best that has been in this city for some time.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Frederick Warde in Romeo and Juliet was the attraction at Harper's Theater Saturday night. Miss Florence Elmore took the role of Juliet.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Frank Donnelly, former manager of the Rock Island Baseball Club, will be the new manager of the Peoria Club.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Preliminary plans for the annual Rock Island County Corn Husking Contest were made at the board of directors meeting in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. The contest will be held in the lower end of the county.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline Police motorcycles by the end of this week will be equipped with 2-way radios for the first time in the history of the department. The 2-way radios make for more efficient police operations, Chief Nelson pointed out.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Black Hawk East livestock judging team was defeated for the first time in the nine-year history of the Mid-Continent Livestock Exposition Saturday night by arch rival Hawkeye Institute of Technology from Waterloo.

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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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