Today in history for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 06, 2013, 12:00 am
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Today is Sunday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2013. There are 359 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Up to Monday night, Jan. 5, the weather was of the most remarkable character, for winter. No snow, occasional warm rain, and much of the time warm enough to do without fires in business places. The river was clear of ice and the ferry boats continued to make as regular trips as in summer.
1888 — 125 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. Ben T. Cable, Mrs. Mary Cable and Miss Lucy Cable left Rock Island today by special car for San Antonio, Texas, to spend the winter.
1913 — 100 years ago: Karl Nelson has been called to serve as pastor of First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, upon his ordination in the Augustana synod in June.
1938 — 75 years ago: Ben Jacobson has been re-elected for the 19th term as president of the Tri-City Federation of Labor.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Silvis Civil Defense unit has announced plans for a five-week first aid course beginning Monday night for Silvis firemen and policemen. The class will meet at 7 each Monday evening in Silvis City Hall and will be conducted by Mrs. Grace Woods.
1988 — 25 years ago: The number of homeless people seeking refuge in local shelters has risen only slightly with the onset of the colder weather. Christian Family Care Center has 17 beds, and has been averaging around 16 or so. Quad Cities Family Service Center has been averaging about 19 to 20 people a night. The center can house up to 40 people.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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