Day in history for October 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad Co. invites the attention of farmers to the fertile lands adjacent to their road which are offered for sale upon low terms and long credit at low rates of interest.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Drew, canvasser for the Encyclopedia Britannica, has taken orders for the books in Rock Island, Moline, Milan and Davenport aggregating $15,120.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The village board of Silvis drafted a telephone franchise to be presented to the Union Telephone Co. of Rock Island in the event the company extends its service to Silvis.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Application was made to the federal radio commission at Washington, D.C., for transfer of the license of radio station WHBF in Rock Island from the Beardsley Specialty Co. to a new corporation to be known as the Rock Island Broadcasting Co.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Appointments of Donald D. Karr as circulation manager of The Argus and Lawrence V. Lund as city circulation manager were announced today.

1982 -- 25 years ago
'Heroes' is the name of a recently completed film celebrating Hispanics who have fought and died defending the United States during wartime. Tony Terronez, a Silvis resident who helped make the film, screened the movie for the Silvis City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

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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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