Today in history for Monday, Ja. 21, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 21, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2013. There are 344 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: We understand the ferry company is accepting nothing for
fares except postal currency or coins.
1888 -- 125 years ago: C.H. Deere, of Moline, today was elected president of the Mutual
Union Fire Insurance Co. J.J. Reimers, of Rock Island, was named vice president.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The ice gorge in the Mississippi River at the foot of the Crescent
railroad bridge broke today, and the stage of the river dropped a foot.
1938 -- 75 years ago: In estimated cost of building construction started during 1937,
Rock Island ranked third in downstate Illinois. Peoria ranked first and Springfield second.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Senior citizens are invited to attend the monthly birthday party to
be held at the Moline Senior Citizens Center tomorrow in the Viking Building at 1514 4th
Ave. Activities will begin at noon and continue through the afternoon.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Managers of the local bus system hope a new marketing push
will attract riders and help offset $150,000 in funding cuts. The Rock Island County
Mass Metropolitan Transit District is bracing for a $150,000 drop in federal, state and
local income. To offset the loss, they want to invest in a glitzy marketing plan aimed at
attracting riders.

















 



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  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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