Day in history for August 6, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are now turning out job work of excellent workmanship. We do all kinds, from a shin-plaster to a mammoth poster in color or black and white.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Fully 2,500 laborers attended the picnic at BrooksAndrsquo; Grove yesterday.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The City Council inspected improvement work done in Rock Island yesterday and today.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Following a series of conferences between officials of the Rock Island baseball club and Sidney Weil, president of the Cincinnati Reds, it was announced today that Tom Robello, third baseman of the Islanders, will report to Cincinnati next Friday.

1958 -- 50 years ago
One of the last three remaining breweries in Iowa, the plant of the Uchtorff Brewing Co., West 2nd St., Davenport, will be dismantled. Albert F. Uchtorff, president of Uchtorff Co., announced he has signed a contract with the Eagle Industrial Service, Rock Island, to remove the beer manufacturing buildings and equipment.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Beer sales at Indian Bluff Golf Course could be a good source of revenue and Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission members will decide if they should break with tradition and sell beer there next year.

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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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