Posted Online: Feb. 02, 2013, 12:10 am
Today in history for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
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Today is Saturday, Feb. 2nd, the 33rd day of 2013. There are 332 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Two little six-year old boys yesterday procured some powder froma building belonging to the father of one of them — bored a hold in the ground and pouredin the powder and set fire to it. Both boys were very badly burned.
1888 — 125 years ago: Mail carriers in Rock Island have received notice of a salaryincrease from $600 to $850 annually.
1913 — 100 years ago: The total estimate for paving 2nd Ave. between 11th and 17th streets, and 17th Street between 2nd and 4th avenues has been set at $31,537.
1938 — 75 years ago: Among 300 entrants who will fight for the Golden Gloveschampionships at the Rock Island Armory next week are Billy LeHew, New Boston;Charley Marchenas and Hank Berlin, of the Farmall Club, Rock Island, and Bill Molner, Moline.
1963 — 50 years ago: Col. Carl A. Waldmann, Rock Island, and Richard J. Wendt,Moline, today were appointed co-chairmen of the 1963 Heart Fund Drive in Rock IslandCounty by Dr. A. Walter Wise, Rock Island, chairman of the board of the Rock IslandCounty Heart Association.
1988 — 25 years ago: About 1,000 civilian employees at the Rock Island Arsenalsuddenly have become eligible for early retirement in another attempt to offset federalbudget cuts, a spokesman said today.