Day in history for February 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A public meeting has been called for tonight by the mayor and city council for the purpose of nominating candidates for municipal offices. This is to be a non-partisan meeting.

1883 -- 125 years ago
M.H. Hatch, W.J. Case, A.D. Hill, Pennie A. Kane and Ellen Philip attended the teachers' institute in Port Byron yesterday.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Purdy of Chicago, commander of the Illinois Naval Militia, inspected the Rock Island division last evening and reported the unit to be in good condition.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A religious census recently was taken at Rock Island High School. The census was conducted under the auspices of the Rock Island Ministerial Alliance, with the Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, chairman.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Damage estimated at $10,000 was caused as a fire occurred in the south Quonset steel warehouse of the Servus Rubber Co. at 12th Avenue and 2nd Street, Rock Island. William Gottlieb, vice president of the firm, said that the figure on the loss was only an estimate since an inventory had not been completed.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Job injuries have fallen 22 percent in Rock Island since an insurance agent told the city that a workers compensation policy covering all employees would cost $270,000 a 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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