Day in history for February 6, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Though full of floating ice, the river is not yet closed. The ferry boat continues to make her regular trips.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Notices are posted for the election of a chief engineer for the Rock Island Fire Department to succeed James Johnson.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dr. E.F. Bartholomew of Augustana College returned last evening from Urbana where he attended the opening of the graduate school of the University of Illinois.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Attempts by the new union of Progressive Miners of America to compel operators of all mines in Rock Island and Henry Counties to recognize their organization today resulted in the closing of the Valley View and Sunshine coal mines near Coal Valley.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An eye removal kit and the transportable vault for use in eye transplant operations in this area will be purchased as a memorial to Robert E. Rote by the Rock Island Lions Club.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Auto, bus and truck service garages throughout the nation may look to a Moline firm the next time they go shopping for exhaust eliminating systems. The firm, Monoxivent Systems Inc., was created Jan. 3 after Moline businessman John Sandberg acquired the Monoxivent Division of Kent-Moore Corp., Warren, Mich. The company's office is at 1852 16th St.

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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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