Day in history for August 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We notice surveyors running their lines on the levee to connect the Peoria Railroad track with the Chicago And Rock Island. We hope the city council will not allow any such thing to be accomplished.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The prohibition amendment in Iowa has driven a large number of thirsty people to this city. All of the vacant stores have been rented for saloons and the demand still is on the increase.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The wreck of the government dredge, Phoenix, recently burned at the dock in Rock Island.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The $50,000 earthen levee, proposed for Rock Island Arsenal in connection with the $5,500,000 roller dam and locks project in the Mississippi River, may be constructed from funds allocated under the emergency relief bill recently passed by Congress.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Six members of the Rock Island County Barracks No. 410, Veterans of World War I, attended the eighth district meeting in Peoria yesterday. Robert Upton, A.E. Welliver, Earl Hodge, Oscar Herneren, Glen Reed and Wilbur Chamman made the trip.

1982 -- 25 years ago
William A. Hewitt, internationally know industrialist and for the last 27 years chief executive officer of Deere And Co., has been nominated by President Reagan to be ambassador to Jamaica.

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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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