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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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