Today in history for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 08, 2013, 12:00 am
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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2013. There are 357 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The great union victories at Murfreesboro and Vicksburg, wetrust, will be followed by the most rapid pursuit of the enemy and the complete control ofthe Mississippi River.
1888 — 125 years ago: Icemen are fearing that this winter's ice crop will not be sufficientfor summer's trade if thaw-outs do not cease.
1913 — 100 years ago: A fire of unknown origin resulted in $20,000 damage at the WilliamButterworth farm on Rock River road yesterday.
1938 — 75 years ago: Henry Ford today told of experiments being carried on by hiscompany to produce a unique tractor, designed to sell for less that $375, without profitnecessary, to bring prosperity to America.
1963 — 50 years ago: It was just like the pre-Christmas rush at the Rock Island PostOffice yesterday. With the new increased postal rates going into effect, Rock Islandersflocked to the post office to purchase one-cent stamps.
1988 — 25 years ago: An American tradition, the Girl Scout cookie sale, will begin Jan.29 and extend through Feb. 8. The Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council will offerseven varieties of cookies, at $2 per box, for delivery in March. The sale first started in1920, with Girl Scouts selling homemade cookies from a paper bag to neighbors. Todaymore than 130 million boxes of cookies are sold each year.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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