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 Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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