Today in history for Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 4:24 pm
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Today is Friday, Jan.25th, the 25th day of 2013. There are 340 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Our people are highly indignant that the custodian of the Island isnot preventing the outrageous spoliation of timber and rock on the Island.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Skating and sleigh races being enjoyed at Sylvan slough.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg chorus of Augustana College will leave March12 for a two week tour through Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.
1938 -- 75 years ago: John L. Lewis today recommended larger relief funds and a $5billion housing program to aid the unemployed and stimulate recovery
1963 -- 50 years ago: A small delegation of East Moline officials and strong supporterswill be hand-picked today from a special civic planning committee. Their job: To meetwith all residents of the area south of the city for presenting the facts on the benefits thatcan be derived in annexation to East Moline.
1988 -- 25 years ago: A series of small fires the past month in Moline High Schoolwomen's restrooms has high school officials chasing one or more female pranksterssuspected of igniting the toilet paper rolls. The potentially dangerous incidents occurredseven times in one day last week, leaving toilet paper rolls smoldering in the restrooms.High School staffers have been alerted and are making frequent inspections in thewomen's restrooms. No washroom fires have occurred since school officials startedtheir inspections. Mostly, it's frustrating and aggravating. We're concerned it might
become something serious.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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