Today in history for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 9:09 pm
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Today is Friday, Jan.18th, the 18th day of 2013. There are 347 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The Senate of Illinois has passed a resolution instructing the statetreasurer to pay no more specie, except for interest on the state debt.
1888 — 125 years ago: The Tri-City Hennepin Canal association has been formed withCapt. T.J. Robinson as president.
1913 — 100 years ago: The Union Ice and Coal Company of Rock Island will cut 45,000tons of ice in Rock River east of Milan for the Rock Island Lines.
1938 — 75 years ago: Two hundred Masons representing Blue lodges of the area attendedopening grand lodge school in instruction sessions today at the Masonic Temple.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Milan Chamber of Commerce plans to send 200 invitations toMilan businessmen, area municipal officials and their wives to attend its annual "Let'sGet Acquainted Night" banquet at Marando's at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.
1988 — 25 years ago: The goal is to turn the brick shell of an abandoned, 76-year-oldschool building on the west side of Rock Island into a community center and theaterwith a vocational center and, perhaps, a few shops. It's an ambitious and costly plan, butresidents near the neglected Franklin Junior High School at 9th Street and 11th Avenueknow the alternative is to have the building destroyed.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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