Day in history for January 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
At 6 yesterday morning the mercury was 22 below zero. The past week has been one of unusual severity with the mercury at near zero most of the time.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Simon And Mosenfelder will soon have an electric light in their clothing establishment.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The contract for carrying the mail from the depots to the Rock Island Post Office was awarded to Cornelius Buckley whose bid for the work was $2,500.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Carl H. Sundgren, senior student at Augustana Theological Seminary, last night was extended a unanimous call to the pastorate of the First Lutheran Church of Rock Island at the 61st annual meeting of the congregation.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police officials continued their roundup of the largest group of teenage shoplifters in the city's history today, the total number of offenders reaching 33, including 19 girls and 14 boys.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials will ask the federal government for $300,000 to help a Clinton, Iowa firm revive a 69-year-old Rock River power plant and turn it into a local electricity producer. Mitchell White, president of White Hydropower Co., said the Sears plant at the foot of 11th Street could renew generating operations it ceased in 1967 perhaps by late 1983.

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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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