Day in history for October 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A bean, measuring from stem to stem 25 inches, has been left at our office. It was raised in the garden of John B. Plummer of this city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The horse car for the Milan Line arrived yesterday and was immediately put into operation. On one trip, the line had a passenger list of 125 persons. Some of the people sat, but more were holding on by their teeth.

1907 -- 100 years ago
George H. Primrose and his minstrel company have been booked at the Illinois Theater next Friday night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The third driest September on record at the Quad-City Weather Bureau closed with only .77 inches of rain recorded, it was announced today. September, 1930, was the driest recorded with .39 inches. Normal for the month is 3.58 inches.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Coffee drinkers can anticipate more joy from the 'cup that cheers.' a 2-top-3-cent price cut at wholesale by two leading coffee roasters was announced today. Housewives who put coffee first on their grocery list may find the price cut effective tomorrow.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Quad-city residents will have their last chance to buy a piece of the Rock Island Railroad auctions off everything from boxcars to memorabilia. Auction director Charles Adams said the auction will feature more than 300 items.

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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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