Today in history for Monday, Ja. 21, 2013


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Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2013. There are 344 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: We understand the ferry company is accepting nothing for
fares except postal currency or coins.
1888 -- 125 years ago: C.H. Deere, of Moline, today was elected president of the Mutual
Union Fire Insurance Co. J.J. Reimers, of Rock Island, was named vice president.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The ice gorge in the Mississippi River at the foot of the Crescent
railroad bridge broke today, and the stage of the river dropped a foot.
1938 -- 75 years ago: In estimated cost of building construction started during 1937,
Rock Island ranked third in downstate Illinois. Peoria ranked first and Springfield second.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Senior citizens are invited to attend the monthly birthday party to
be held at the Moline Senior Citizens Center tomorrow in the Viking Building at 1514 4th
Ave. Activities will begin at noon and continue through the afternoon.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Managers of the local bus system hope a new marketing push
will attract riders and help offset $150,000 in funding cuts. The Rock Island County
Mass Metropolitan Transit District is bracing for a $150,000 drop in federal, state and
local income. To offset the loss, they want to invest in a glitzy marketing plan aimed at
attracting riders.















 



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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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