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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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