Day in history for August 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The ladies of the Second Presbyterian church of the city of Rock Island, informed the citizens of said city, on Wednesday, through the columns of the Argus and Commercial, that they had chartered the Rock Island ferry boat for the purpose of giving a picnic party for the benefit of the Second Presbyterian church. Owing to the inclemency of the weather on Thursday, the excursion was postponed until Friday the 27th instead.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Steamer T.J. Robinson has been decommissioned as the Rock Island-Davenport ferry. A new boat is being built at the Kahlke boat yards.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The 17,000th pint of blood to be given in Henry County since the inception of the Red Cross Bloodmobile program was given at Geneseo yesterday by the Rev. Elmer F. Sahlgren, pastor of the Geneseo First Lutheran Church.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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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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