Day in history for September 17, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The comet is attracting considerable notice in different parts of the country. They have had a peep at it way down at Halifax.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Community Chest has set its sights on a goal of $96,770 for the 1948 campaign to finance a yearAndrsquo;s work for 16 public service agencies. That is the figure the chest board decided to shoot for during the drive which opens Oct. 10 and closes Oct. 22.1958 -- 50 years ago:

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCWW) will hold its 39th convention Sept. 24 at Sacred Heart Parish, 1311-17th Ave., Moline. The theme of this yearAndrsquo;s convention, which is being held for the first time in Moline, is ''Renewal Andndash; A Vision of Hope.'' Dr. Mary Alice Stewart, director of counseling services at Black Hawk College, is scheduled to give the keynote address.

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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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