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: 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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