Day in history for November 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Judge Sheldon of Galena is presiding over the fall term of our court, replacing Judge Drury. We hear him very highly spoken of by the bar as a man of fine legal ability.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The commission in charge of the project of constructing the Hennepin Canal will meet in Chicago next week. Delegates will be present from Illinois and Iowa.

1906 -- 100 years ago
While the owner was in the YMCA building today, someone stole his horse and rig. Later it was found hitched in front of a First Avenue saloon.

1931 -- 75 years ago
C. Wayland Brooks, assistant states attorney of Cook County and an ex-serviceman, pictured the horrors of war and the folly of unpreparedness in an address at Armistice Day ceremonies sponsored by the Moline American Legion.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A shipment of diamonds direct from the Kimberly mines near Johannesburg, South Africa, arrived at Woods Jewelers Inc. in Rock Island today. The polished stones were cut from virgin rough diamonds, meaning they have never been individually owned before.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Scott County officials will break ground Thursday on a $4.9 million jail improvement project. An annex will link the jail with the county courthouse and office building underground and at the first floor level.

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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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