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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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