Day in history for November 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
In Rock Island County the Democrats elected a school commissioner and the Republicans the balance of the ticket.

1882 -- 125 years ago
John M. Reticker, sheriff-elect, today filed his official bond with the county clerk.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County clerk and treasurer were notified today that a rate of 50 cents on every $100 of equalized assessment of property has been fixed for state taxes this year.

1932 -- 75 years ago
More than 500 persons attended the second community night program presented last night at Washington Junior High School under the auspices of the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The first social function, a dance of the newly-formed Milan Civic Center Youth Club, was held in the new Milan Muncipal Building. The dance was termed 'a huge success' and will be followed by a membership drive to bring more of the community's young people.

1982 -- 25 years ago
David R. Collins, Moline author and English instructor at Wilson Junior High, has been cited by the National Book Council for 'outstanding contributions to the artistry and craftsmanship of juvenile literature'. 'George Washington Carver' and 'Francis Scott Key' were the most recent books by Collins singled out for special acclaim.

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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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