Day in history for September 25, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Sweet potatoes are to be found in the markets, which will please all lovers of the delicious vegetable.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi Logging Co. held a meeting in Clinton And F.W. Weyerhaeuser of Rock Island was elected president.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The 2nd frost of the season came last night when the mercury hit 30 degrees. While the frost was not 'killing', it left its mark on all susceptible vegetation.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Augustana College will be host to Wollmar F. Bostrom, Swedish minister to the U.S., And Prof. Alfred Bushnell Hart, head of the history department at Harvard, Nov. 4 at the college. The program is in recognition of the 300th anniversary of the death of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The John Deere Planter Works in Moline today was idle - a strike bound factory. Two versions of the incident - a walkout by 600 members of UAW Local 434 - were circulated.

1982 -- 25 years ago
First United Methodist, 1820 5th Ave., will celebrate 149 years of service to Rock Island during its annual Founder's Day Celebration. The church began as a 'class' that met in the home of John Spencer in 1833. In 1843, the Rev. Andrew Coleman arrived and began building the first church structure where the R.I. Post Office now stands.

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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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