Day in history for December 1, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A new advertising column starts in the Argus today. We claim more advertising than the other two papers in the city put together.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The fourth ball of the season will be held at Hilliers Hall this evening by the Rock Island Pleasure Club.

1906 -- 100 years ago
According to the Three-I League average for the season, Rock Island led in team fielding, but was sixth in batting. The best batter on the Rock Island team is Cy Black with .272.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School boys' oratory team won its first contest over Davenport High School. Members of the Rock Island team included Jack Wright, Robert Maucker, Fred Hagen and Richard Stengel.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Burglars took $3,000 in cash, the majority from two safes, early this morning at the headquarters of the Rock Island Aerie of Eagles, 408 21st St. Detective Sgt. D. Max Jennings said the burglars forced open two safes, a cash register, pinball machine and automatic music machine. All are located on the second floor of the Eagles building.

1981 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester officials announced Monday that the Christmas shutdown at plants in Rock Island and East Moline will be extended for another week. The plants will be shut down from Dec. 14 to Jan. 17.

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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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