Today in history for Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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Posted Online: April 16, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Wednesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2013. There are 258 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: William Blakely, of Preemption, who was married this week toJane Beaty, of the same place, suffered a terrible accident while loading his wagon to startfor Oregon. A double-barreled shotgun went off accidentally and shattered his right arm.It was amputated.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Clerks are boycotting business houses where proprietors refuse toobserve early closing hours. The clerks hope to fix the closing hour at 8 p.m.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Twenty teams and flushers have begun the task of cleaning RockIsland's streets.
1938 -- 75 years ago: More than 3,000 children took part in the sixth annual Easter egghunt yesterday at Long View Park, making it sound like Black Hawk and his warriors hadreturned to the woods.
1963 -- 50 years ago: William Bell, of Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island Board of Education at its organization meeting last night. Bill, who has served on theschool board since 1953, succeeds Julis Califf, president of the board since 1952.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Logan School students are wistfully dreaming of new playgroundequipment as a communitywide fundraising campaign is underway to purchase a newoutdoor fitness center for the Moline school.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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