Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Thursday, Jan.24, the 24th day of 2013. There are 341 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: We received an avalanche of letters from our army correspondentslast evening. Send on your letters boys- The Argus is the soldiers advocate for this county.
1888 -- 125 years ago: J.K. Waters returned to Rock Island from Ireland, where heproved his heir ship to a $10,000 estate on the Emerald Isle.
1913 -- 100 years ago: C.F. Gaetjer, Rock Island park superintendent, announced the park board will install a drinking fountain in Spencer Square.
1938 -- 75 years ago: New condemnation proceedings to secure right-of-way for thewidening of Route 150 near the Moline airport were instituted in Rock Island County Courttoday.
1963 -- 50 years ago: With only a week before deadline for filing only a little more than halfthe number of aliens who filed last year have filled out annual registration cards at theRock Island Post Office. All aliens in the U.S. must register at any post office duringJanuary each year.
1988 -- 25 years ago: It's been a rough ride, but New Windsor's Chris Streeter figuresit has been worth it all to reach the end of the trail: qualifying for this weekend'sInternational Pro Rodeo Association's Rodeo of Champions in Tulsa, Okla. This isthe first time the 24-year-old saddle-bronc rider qualified for the International Rodeofinals, which feature top-ranked rodeo professionals in the final event of the season.Only the top 10 regular-season money-winners, and those who have captured regionalchampionships, are invited to participate in the prestigious event.















 



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  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

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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