Day in history for May 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The anniversary meeting of the Rock Island Bible Society will be held May 16 at the Methodist Church. Addresses will be given by several persons.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Six men obtained naturalization papers from County Clerk Donaldson yesterday afternoon.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The weatherman has promised a change from the usual routine of rain in the near future.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island and Davenport baseball clubs of the Mississippi Valley League will open the season tonight at Douglas Park. Rock Island manager Riley Parker intends to start Al 'Boots' Hollingsworth, hero of the 'Little World Series,' as a congratulatory gesture to the big southpaw who accounted for two of the Islanders' four victories in the series.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Edgar W. Peterson, 3728 13th Ave., Moline, planning engineer for lnternational Harvester's Farmall Works since 1944, retired Friday. He had been an employee of the Harvester Company's plant in Rock Island since 1934.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Summer Festival Entertainment Committee is seeking volunteer performers for the 6th Annual Festival, July 7, 8 and 9. The committee is seeking jugglers, magicians, clowns, baton twirlers as well as those who make ballon animals or who demostrate handicrafts.

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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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