Day in history for February 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The proceeds of the recent fireman's ball were not enough to cover the expenses. This ought not to be so.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The members of the fire department last night elected James Johnson chief and Jacob Ohlweiler, assistant cheif.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Work in the erection of the new Zion Lutheran Church building was begun today. It is expected that the building will be ready for occupancy by July 1.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G. A. Andreen, president of Augustana College, left today for Mitchell, S.D. where he will be one of the principle speakers at the annual meeting of the South Dakota District of the Augustana Synod.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Federal Communications Commission today approved the transfer of channel 8 from Peoria to the Quad-Cities, giving this area its third very high frequency TV channel.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City unemployment rate soared to a record 14.2 percent in January. The high unemployment rate was caused by shut downs at five local factories -- John Deere Davenport Works, International Harvester Farmall and East Moline plants and J.I. Case Bettendorf and Rock Island plants -- that affected about 6,500 workers.

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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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