Today in history for Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013


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Today is Sunday, Jan. 20th, the 20th day of 2013. There are 345 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The wants of the public demand more room at the post office and a separate entrance for the ladies. The large number of persons, who assemble at the post office every evening, are much incommoded for the want of room.
1888 — 125 years ago: Six cases of diphtheria have been reported in Rock Island since Jan. 1. The disease is abating somewhat.
1913 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Lines will erect a $100,000 station at Moline on the new property purchased yesterday.
1938 — 75 years ago: Dr. Sidney A. Wiggins, of Rock Island, has been re-elected president of the Black Hawk Federal Savings and Loan Association.
1963 — 50 years ago: About 250 persons, members, their ladies and friends of Rock Island Lodge No. 190, Loyal Order of Moose, braved the adverse weather conditions and attended the events of the three day weekend celebration in the Moose lodge rooms commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the lodge.
1988 — 25 years ago: The annual report of the Rock Island County Chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) shows greater workshop activity but fewer office contacts in 1987 than in 1986. SCORE sponsors an annual workshop and three pre-business workshops in cooperation with The Small Business Development Center and the Commerce Industry Technical Assistance Center of Black Hawk College.















 



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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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