Today in history for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013


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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2013. There are 357 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The great union victories at Murfreesboro and Vicksburg, wetrust, will be followed by the most rapid pursuit of the enemy and the complete control ofthe Mississippi River.
1888 — 125 years ago: Icemen are fearing that this winter's ice crop will not be sufficientfor summer's trade if thaw-outs do not cease.
1913 — 100 years ago: A fire of unknown origin resulted in $20,000 damage at the WilliamButterworth farm on Rock River road yesterday.
1938 — 75 years ago: Henry Ford today told of experiments being carried on by hiscompany to produce a unique tractor, designed to sell for less that $375, without profitnecessary, to bring prosperity to America.
1963 — 50 years ago: It was just like the pre-Christmas rush at the Rock Island PostOffice yesterday. With the new increased postal rates going into effect, Rock Islandersflocked to the post office to purchase one-cent stamps.
1988 — 25 years ago: An American tradition, the Girl Scout cookie sale, will begin Jan.29 and extend through Feb. 8. The Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council will offerseven varieties of cookies, at $2 per box, for delivery in March. The sale first started in1920, with Girl Scouts selling homemade cookies from a paper bag to neighbors. Todaymore than 130 million boxes of cookies are sold each year.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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