Day in history for February 16, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Many complaints have been made to us about the inefficiency of our night police. If they do not discharge their duties faithfully, the proper authorities should look after them.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock River Bridge near Moline is in danger of being washed away as water is within 8 feet of the flooring.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Colonel William T. Channon of the Sixth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard departed on a trip of inspection this afternoon. He will inspect all companies of the regiment.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Maurice Meyer, 25, last night broke down and told the story of the death of Miss Rose Gendler, 22, whose body was found Dec. 22. The body was found bound and trussed in a burlap sack on the ice of the Rock River beneath the highest point of the Moline Bridge.

1958 -- 50 years ago
It was one down and two to go in the broken main department of the East Moline waterworks today. Severe weather blamed for the destruction of pipes was also responsible for delays in repairs.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island City Council approved $456,000 worth of improvements at 44th Street and Black Hawk Road to help pave the way for a new shopping center and apartment complex. The 44,000-square foot shopping center will house about a dozen stores.

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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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