Day in history for July 13, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The City of Rock Island is free from debt and the best solution in the west for manufacturers, merchants, mechanics and capitalists to settle.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The City Council voted to close the contract with the Rock Island Electric Light Co. for lighting the city streets by the tower system.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Several thousand people enjoyed the picnic of the Orangemen at Little's Grove near Preemption yesterday. The entertainment consisted of good music and good speeches.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Council of Sea Scouts yesterday received a 24-foot motor sailer from the United States Navy yards at Norfolk, Va.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Defense testimony will be heard Monday at 9:30 by the jury in the Federal District Court at Peoria in the condemnation suit brought by the Davenport Bridge Commission to acquire land for an approach for a proposed second Bettendorf-Moline span.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The St. Joseph's Parish Council voted Monday night to offer for sale to the Rock Island County Public Building Commission the property that contains its 108-year-old church and junior high school. The council's decision allows the building commission to proceed with plans to buy property in Rock Island's west end for use as a new county jail site.

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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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