Today in history for Wednesday, March 20, 2013


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Posted Online: March 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2013. There are 286 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Examinations will be given in Miss Cowle's division of the highschool tomorrow. If there is a quicker or better working school in town than this one, wehave not seen it. Our people should go and see it.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the MethodistChurch of Rock Island observed its 18th anniversary at a special meeting last night.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Harry T. Knox, of Rock Island, was injured yesterday when hiselectric runabout collided with a street car at 4th Avenue and 17th Street.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Tri-City bridge players are a bit skeptical about using the new 5-suit bridge deck which originated several months ago in England, but merchants reportmany requests for the new decks.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Housewives, do you find your wash suds sloshing down the drain?If you do, this is what happens to at least a portion of them. Officials say the long-lastingsuds, which find their way into the river after being dumped down the drain, frequentlyaccumulate at the locks and dams. Engineers forced air into tunnels beneath the waterlevel at the local lock in an effort to free ice as the navigation season opened yesterday.The air caused the detergents to bubble up.
1988 -- 25 years ago: After more than half a century, the forgotten people of the old"poor farm" cemetery, south of Geneseo, are going to be remembered. Ninety-one knownnames of the homeless who lived and died at the former Henry County Infirmary havebeen engraved on a 24-by-30 inch bronze plaque. The plaque will be mounted on aconcrete base in the front yard at Hillcrest Home, which eventually replaced the oldinfirmary, according to Hillcrest administrator Robert Ruskin.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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