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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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