Day in history for January 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The weather has been as good as can be expected for this time of year. We had some snow on Thursday, but that quickly vanished when temperatures rose to about 40 degrees.

1883 -- 125 years ago
There isn't a city of equal size in this part of the country which enjoys the exemption from fires that Rock Island does. Insurance rates in Rock Island should be so low as to be within reach of everyone.

1908 -- 100 years ago
R.A. Jacobson has returned to Rock Island to resume studies at Augustana College. For the past several months he has been traveling in the northwest.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The 23rd birthday of the Boy Scouts movement will be observed in Rock Island Feb. 6-12 with a rally of all scouts in the Rock Island Area Council.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Floyd A. Shetter of Moline announced he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for county superintendent of schools, a post he formerly held 16 years.

1983 -- 25 years ago
East Moline is suing the state for $61,576. The suit stems from the $361,576 Campbell's Island causeway improvement project of 1980. When it was learned the local cost of the project would run $61,576 above the originally projected $300,000, the state agreed to pick up the additional debt. But the state never paid.

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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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