Today in history for Wednesday, March 20, 2013


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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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  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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