Day in history for July 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
On July 18th we received the Davenport News of July 15th - only three days from Davenport to this city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
This morning a horse belonging to a lightning rod salesman ran away with his buggy and upset it on 17th St. It took the man some time to collect all his lightning rods.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Major J.C. Long announced today that water will be turned into the Hennepin Canal feeder from the Rock River about Oct. 1. The heavy rains have delayed work on the feeder.

1932 -- 75 years ago
John H. Stapp, Rock Island, was elected secretary of the district Florists' Telegraph Delivery Assn. at a meeting last night in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Two workmen on the government bridge rehabilitation project received minor injuries yesterday when the scaffold elevator on which they were working broke loose and fell 10 feet to the bridge roadway. The accident was the first on the million dollar project since work started this spring.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Neighbors say it smells terrible, attracts hordes of flies and makes eating outdoors a stomach-turning experience. George Lundahl, of 4340 4th Ave., East Moline, says his family has dubbed it 'the Downs dung mountain,' and they're not happy about its eruption in their neighborhood.

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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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