Day in history for April 28, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Chief Engineer Stoddard of the fire department has made arrangements for ringing one of the church bells so that our citizen may know when there is a fire in the city.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The voting place at the corner of 5th Avenue and 22nd Street was destroyed by fire early this morning.

1908 -- 100 years ago
President George E. MacLean of the State University of Iowa has accepted the invitation to speak at commencement exercises of Rock Island High School June 5.

1933 -- 75 years ago
High school boys and girls of Rock Island and its trading territory are offered an opportunity to compete in a contest sponsored by The Argus and 57 retail merchants and business firms of the city. Prizes will be free trips to the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition.

1958 -- 50 years ago
First Lt. Donald M. Wittevrongel, is one of 40 nominees for the new Koren Kolligian Trophy Air Force flying safety award to be presented annually to the pilot or aircrew member who most successfully coped with an in-flight emergency during the year.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are looking for a couple of burglars with a fetish for cleanliness, or maybe one very strong thief. Steven J. Scott said he had a 300-pound, cast-iron tub in his garage and persons or person unknown took the tub.

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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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