Today in history for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2013. There are 336 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Our market reports show a steady advance on all kinds of grain, and there is unusual competition and activity among the buyers. The farmers are prettysure to get the benefit of all this.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island is planning a sleighing carnival but approaches to theRock Island – Davenport ice bridge have been declared unsafe.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The 1913 graduating class at Rock Island High School adopted the custom of wearing caps and gowns at commencement exercises by a vote of42 to 35.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Howard Klove and John Minges, Boy Scouts, are candidates for theoffice of mayor for the day when the scouts take over city hall during their anniversarycelebration in February.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Winners were announced today in the first annual ice skating derbysponsored by East Moline Recreation Council and Jaycees Sunday at Archie Sims lagoonin Butterworth Park. Prizes were given to the first three places in the age groups of sixthrough 18.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Ben Butterworth Parkway will be spruced up this year, even if thestate doesn't come through with the $200,000 Moline asked to be given. If the moneyisn't available from the Illinois Department of Conservation, the Moline Park Board willscale back its $491,000 development plans, said park superintendent Alan Efflandt.










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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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