Day in history for April 29, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A little care on the part of persons in charge of constructing the many new buildings now erected around town would save many sore shins and the sin of much hard swearing.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Guernsey press which has been used by the Argus since the winter of 1856, has been taken down to make room for the new improved double-cylinder Cottrell press.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The first circus of the season will be in Rock Island May 10 when the Gollmar Brothers Show hits town.

1932 -- 75 years ago
An honorary degree will be conferred by Augustana College at its convocation May 31 on William Butterworth, Moline.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A cabin cruiser owned by Ernest Bauwens, Rock Island, today was still perched precariously on a wing dam in the Mississippi River off 23rd Street, Moline, after crashing into it yesterday afternoon. Moline police and firemen were called to the scene. Passengers were rescued in a small boat.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline National Bank is one of about 20 banks that would merge into a statewide ''megabank'' under a proposal to be filed with federal regulators. The new company, to be called First Midwest Bancorp., would include banks in eight counties. One federal official estimates it would hold deposits of about $1.3 billion.

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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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