DAVENPORT -- The sun was brighter than the biting of the cold Tuesday when the Saukenuk Paddlers took part in their annual new year's gracing of theMississippi River.
Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe & Kayak club members Rosemary Dreessen, Nick Bleuer, Lynn Majetic, JoAnne Rebello, John Zabloudil and club president Dave Hill launched into the river at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Marquette Street boat ramp in Davenport, participating in the 34th annual First In Float.
The club also held a Last Out Float at 1 p.m. Monday.
Ms. Dreessen said they had help from some "support crew," also members of the club. The members paddled a couple hundred yards out into the river, she said.
"It was beautiful and invigorating just to see the sun on the water," Ms. Dreessen said.
The annual floats were first held Dec. 31, 1978, and Jan. 1, 1979, by club founders Harold Harrington and Dick Butts.
Area paddlers are invited to the club's monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m.the last Wednesday of every month, at the American Red Cross building, 1100 River Drive, Moline. For more information, visit rivers-end.org.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.