Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011


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Posted Online: Feb. 08, 2011, 6:14 pm
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 9, the40th day of 2011. There are 325 days left in the year.

1861 -- 150 years ago: Mad dogs are said to be loose in the city. Better cut a hole in the ice, put all the dogs into it and cover up the hole.

1886 -- 125 years ago: B.D. Buford and Ald. C.J. Larkin left Rock Island today for Washington, D.C., to further the plans for the Hennepin Canal.

1911 -- 100 years ago: Rock Island police arrested 94 people and collected $187 in fines during January.

1936 -- 75 years ago: More than two score of travelers were marooned over the weekend a few miles south of Milan on U.S. 67 by the high drifts of snow and the temperature, which dropped to 11 degrees below zero.

1961 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island County Board leaders are preparing to reapply for a federal loan to finance improvements at the county jail. Roy S. McGovern, chairman of the county board, said today he expects $250,000 will be sought from the federal Housing and Home Finance Agency.

1986 -- 25 years ago: Boy Scouts in eight Iowa and Illinois counties Saturday collected more than 30,000 cans of food for Mississippi Valley area food banks. Boys Scouts of the Illowa Council knocked on doors in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties in Illinois and Scott, Muscatine, Clinton, Cedar and Jackson counties in Iowa. After five hours of collecting, the Scouts counted 30,427 cans of foods. Several thousand more cans are expected to be turned in during the week.




















 



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  Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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