Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 03, 2013, 7:18 pm
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Today is Thursday, Jan.3rd, the 3rd day of 2013. There are 362 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Cutting and hauling wood from the island still continues to be done. Is there an agent in charge?
1888 — 125 years ago: The Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, will hold an installation service tomorrow night in the club rooms.
1913 — 100 years ago: William Treftz, Rock Island express and transfer man for many years, today retired from duty.
1938 — 75 years ago: City Attorney Fred. H. Railsback of Moline has been re-elected president of the Rock Island County Bar Association.
1963 — 50 years ago: Final Illinois Highway Division approval has been received for the installation of traffic signals at 23rd Avenue and 53rd Street, and bids on the project will bereceived Jan. 21, Moline City Engineer William Stoewer reported today.
1988 — 25 years ago: Vigilant bird-watchers, who took to the woods for 12 hours during Christmas week, spotted thousands of the feathered creatures in the annual Quad-City Christmas bird count. In all, 82 species of birds were spotted. But even though nearly 17,000 birds show up on the count, there still may be some the groups missed.

















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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