Today in history for Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 01, 2013, 12:00 am
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Today is Tuesday, Jan.1st, the 1st day of 2013. There are 364 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: A mass convention is being held at the courthouse today for allmechanics and laborers of all kinds.
1888 — 125 years ago: Churches were filled last night as Rock Island residents attendedNew Year's Eve watch services.
1913 — 100 years ago: Harold Jensen and Langton Prager, of Rock Island, are at workconstructing a flying machine which they hope to complete for use in the summer.
1938 — 75 years ago: The first award in the Christmas home lighting contest, sponsored bythe Rock Island Junior Chamber of Commerce, has been won by W.M. Rinck 1530 12th St.
1963 — 50 years ago: Old Man 1962 departed the Quad-City scene fairly quietly lastnight. Despite the many parties, church services and late-night congestion on thehighways and streets, no serious automobile accidents marred the arrival of the NewYear.
1988 — 25 years ago: Expected as a Christmas bundle, Tyler James Deem's late arrivalinto the world clocked him in as the Quad-Cities' first birth of the New Year. At 3:51a.m., Friday, Jan. 1, 1988, the strawberry blond, blue-eyed boy was born in Moline PublicHospital to Deborah and James Deem, Andalusia residents. "I knew we were waiting forsomething," said Mrs. Deem.















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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