Today in history for Friday, April 19, 2013


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Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2013. There are 256 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Cannot our businessmen raise enough money to set the streetsprinkler going again? It is very much needed.
1888 — 125 years ago: Women teachers of central Illinois have organized aSchoolmistresses' club.
1913 — 100 years ago: The smallpox epidemic scare is on the wane. No new cases havebeen reported in the city during the last 24 hours.
1938 — 75 years ago: Three Rock Island High School students made a clean sweep ofprizes in a Rock Island District Dental Society poster contest for three counties. Winnerswere Jeanne Eichelsdoerfer, Ben G. Sherrard and Dean Anderson.
1963 — 50 years ago: Damage is expected to exceed $1 million over a four-county areafrom last night's tornadic winds which cut a swath along a line extending from LittleYork in the southwest through Rio in the northeast. The four counties touched by thestorm are Mercer, Warren, Henderson and Knox.
1988 — 25 years ago: Construction on a new sewage system has pushed back the openingof Niabi Zoo for another week, zoo director Mike Poelvoorde said today. The zoo can'tmake its tentative opening date on May 2 and is shooting for May 9. The zoo has been indisarray for months because workers are constructing a new sewage system, mandated bythe Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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