Day in history for August 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A new post office has been established in Mercer County, near Farlo's Grove, called Viola, and J.F. Sheldon, Esq., has been appointed postmaster.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Justice David Hawes was appointed deputy coroner.

1906 -- 100 years ago
George Strohle returned from a three-week trip to Denver.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Moline officers in squad cars hurried to 2218 6th Ave. last night when an alarmed resident notified police headquarters that a man was prowling around with a flashlight, indicating a burglary might be in the offing. They prepared for the capture and surrounded the man only to discover that he was a fisherman hunting dew worms.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Bottles everywhere, but not a drop to drink. That's what confronted thieves who broke into a railroad car on a siding at the Ziffren Sales Agency, 122 3rd Ave., Moline, last night. They forced the seal only to be met with a view of an almost endless pile of beer cases, every last one of them empty.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An appealing apple pie baked by Lori Mullen, Orion, was selected as the best pie of 20 entries in the pie baking contest at the Henry County Fair. Later, the prize-winning pie was auctioned for $110 to the State Bank of Orion for the benefit of Winning Wheels, Inc., Prophetstown.

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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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