Day in history for December 6, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Last Wednesday we visited the school in District No. 1. The order was good and the attention of the scholars was excellent.

1882 -- 125 years ago
E.W. Spencer today finished installing four Italian marble mantles into the elegantly remodeled home of E.P. Reynolds.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Funds in the county treasury are exhausted, according to a report at a meeting of the board of supervisors.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Recreational activities sponsored by the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission, especially those planned for the unemployed, showed a large participation, according to the monthy report of Mel H. Hodge, superintendent.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Government Bridge over the Mississippi River opened at noon today after being closed in April for a major overhaul and repainting. Col. D.L. Hine, commanding officer of Rock Island Arsenal, cut the ribbon officially opening the span during a short ceremony.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Work will begin this spring on the first phase of a $15 million residential-commercial complex planned for construction between 38th and 44th streets on Black Hawk Road in Rock Island. The complex, in the planning stages for 18 months, will be called Rock Valley Plaza Shopping Center.

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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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