Day in history for November 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The fire companies of Rock Island, Davenport and Moline will have a friendly meeting in our city Saturday to test engines and see which one can throw a stream of water the greatest distance.

1882 -- 125 years ago
About $2,500 in water rents were paid to the city clerk yesterday, the final day of payment. Shutting off water supply of delinquents will begin today.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The annual rummage sale held in the armory for the benefit of Bethany Home closed last night. Total receipts for the three days of the sale were $659.01.

1932 -- 75 years ago
William W. Gordon of Kansas City, Kan., has been appointed a member of the national board of directors of Modern Woodmen of America.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Kenneth M. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Brown, Rock Island, has been awarded a $200 scholarship from the Interfoundation Committee for Economic Scholarships, Great Barrington, Mass. Brown is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame. He is a 1937 graduate of Alleman High School.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Industrial Sales Inc. handled the sale of 175 machine tools offered by International Harvester at auction. The machines were either displaced by the production lines moving to Farmall from Louisville or were obsolete and being replaced.

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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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