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 Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

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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