Today in history for Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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Posted Online: March 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Tuesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2013. There are 287 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: There is much anxiety among foreign residents of the county whohave taken out their first naturalization papers. This class heretofore has been exemptfrom conscription, but Congress is reconsidering the issue.
1888 -- 125 years ago: St. Patrick's Benevolent Society of Rock Island gave a St.Patrick's Day party last night at the Rock Island Armory.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Seventh Avenue nearly is impassable as a thoroughfare. Three blocksbetween 25th and 28th streets have been barred to traffic.
1938 -- 75 years ago: E.B. McKown, 80, and John H. Liedtke, 76, two of Rock Island'soldest active business men, are observing their birthdays this week.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Despite the heavy rains in downtown Rock Island, last night's attendance at the fourth annual Mississippi Valley Home and Garden Show in the RockIsland Armory continued well ahead of a year ago. During the first two days of the show,which opened Saturday, nearly 19,000 adults and an undetermined number of childrenwent through the armory doors.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The youth services officer in Coal Valley believes it's better towork on prevention than apprehension. The officer, C. Wayne Westphal II, has beennamed the village's Police Officer of the Year for 1987. This is the first time an honoreehas been selected. Mr. Westphal was chosen for his dedication to duty and outstandingwork as a youth services officer, according to Roy Shrake, chief of police.















 



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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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