Day in history for October 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are glad to see Mr. Huggins, the popular clerk at the Rock Island House, back at his old job once more.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Squire Cropper sighted a fox near the public square early this morning. The animal disappeared in a hole in the sidewalk although a hunt was organized, the fox eluded capture.

1907 -- 100 years ago
L.S. McCabe was elected president of the Rock Island Safety Deposit Co. at the annual meeting of the stockholders yesterday. The company's new building will be ready for occupancy by the first of the year.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Pupils of School District No. 43 may be barred from attending Rock Island elementary and junior high schools unless the board of directors of that district finds a way to meet the entire expense involved in the education of these children, it was announced at a meeting of the Rock Island Board of Education.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Lt. Donald Wittevrongel 27, of Rock Island has been credited with performing a remarkable feat by landing his crippled Air Force refueling plane single handedly. He is praised for bringing the 1000,000-pound tanker down alone.

1982 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester has been ordered to pay Deere And Co, $28.4 Million for willfully infringing Deere's cornhead patent from 1974 through 1980.

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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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