Day in history for October 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Hugh Livingston of Camden has favored us with a specimen of molasses made from Chinese sugar cane grown on his farm.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The remodeled Rock Island Post Office was formally opened this morning. The office is now equipped with 1,500 lock boxes.

1907 -- 100 years ago
At the meeting of the city council Alderman Anderson presented an ordinance providing that the name of Long View Park be changed to Jackson Park. It will be considered at a later meeting.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Reductions on tax assessments were granted on 885 of 1,502 cases in which complaints were made and assessed values in Rock Island County were lowered a total of $374,304.

1957 -- 50 years ago
At least 73 cases of flu tested by a bacteriologist at the University of Iowa were definitely of the Asian type. The epidemic broke out at the Iowa university on about Sept 17th. As many as 125 students per day were being treated but the number has now dropped to about 25 per day.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Department of Corrections officials assigned a top level Chicago attorney to represent them in their case against former East Moline Correctional Security Capt. Don Smith after deciding the case was too complicated or sensitive for the state attorney general's office to handle.

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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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