Day in history for November 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We had a fine fall of snow yesterday afternoon but by the time this item is circulated the snow will be gone.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Next Wednesday, Rock Island lovers of opera will have an opportunity of listening to Fannie Kellogg and other noted singers.

1907 -- 100 years ago
East Moline business men are considering steps to change the name of the city. Residents there feel that the name implies that East Moline is but a suburb of Moline.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The final chapter of the Augustana grid season will be entered into the record books tomorrow when Coach Shorty Almquist's team will attempt to uphold its so far perfect slate against Lake Forest at Ericson Field. The unemployed of the Quad City area will be admitted to the game free of charge.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Nick Chirekos, Rock Island, has purchased the Plantation, the former palatial W. L. Velie mansion, from the Bert Bogaert estate. Chirekos is a former manager of The Plantation.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Joseph 'Bud' Shaab was awarded the title of Quad-City Individual Volunteer of the Year. After he lost both his legs due to complications following surgery and was confined to a wheelchair, he saw a need for adaptive equipment for himself and other handicapped people.

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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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