Day in history for December 21, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Some evil disposed persons on the other side of the river appear determined to get up a big fire there. They have had three fires and a false alarm since Saturday.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The mild weather continues today and Rock Island residents having business in Davenport find it advisable to take the railroad bridge.

1907 -- 100 years ago
William Klockau, proprietor of the wagon repair shop in Rock Island, has let a contract for the building of an automobile repair shop and garage to be erected north of the present building at 4th Ave. and 16th St.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Hugh C. Bambrick, Rock Island, was elected president of the Letter Carriers Branch No. 292 last night at the Pythian Hall, Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Hillsdale Methodist Woman's Society of Christian Service last night sponsored a Christmas party for a ward of 110 men at East Moline State Hospital. The society conducted games, awarded prizes, served refreshments and presented a small gift to each patient.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Residents of the Quad Cities probably won't get a white Christmas this year. According to the National Weather Service, the area has received only one-half inch of snow so far this year. The area's snowfall in below average this year.

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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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