Today in history for Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 01, 2013, 12:00 am
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Today is Tuesday, Jan.1st, the 1st day of 2013. There are 364 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: A mass convention is being held at the courthouse today for allmechanics and laborers of all kinds.
1888 — 125 years ago: Churches were filled last night as Rock Island residents attendedNew Year's Eve watch services.
1913 — 100 years ago: Harold Jensen and Langton Prager, of Rock Island, are at workconstructing a flying machine which they hope to complete for use in the summer.
1938 — 75 years ago: The first award in the Christmas home lighting contest, sponsored bythe Rock Island Junior Chamber of Commerce, has been won by W.M. Rinck 1530 12th St.
1963 — 50 years ago: Old Man 1962 departed the Quad-City scene fairly quietly lastnight. Despite the many parties, church services and late-night congestion on thehighways and streets, no serious automobile accidents marred the arrival of the NewYear.
1988 — 25 years ago: Expected as a Christmas bundle, Tyler James Deem's late arrivalinto the world clocked him in as the Quad-Cities' first birth of the New Year. At 3:51a.m., Friday, Jan. 1, 1988, the strawberry blond, blue-eyed boy was born in Moline PublicHospital to Deborah and James Deem, Andalusia residents. "I knew we were waiting forsomething," said Mrs. Deem.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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