Today in history for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013


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Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2013. There are 334 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: A crowd gathered on Market Square today and there wasconsiderable excitement over the price of oats. Competition between buyers ran the priceup to 42 cents on one load.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue will speak at the Bible presentation ofBeardsley camp, Sons of Veterans, tomorrow night.
1913 -- 100 years ago: G.W. Rourke succeeded H.L. Reed as superintendent of theIllinois division of the Rock Island Lines. The division headquarters are in Rock Island.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Clyde O. Wilson, of Rock Island, has been elected chairman of theIllinois chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Moline Lutheran Hospital will install a cobalt therapy unit in thevery near future, Kenneth D. Moburg, administrator of the hospital, announced today.Cost of the unit and special building for it will exceed $70,000.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Seton Catholic School, Moline, celebrates its 10th anniversarythis year with a growing enrollment, a new computer lab and a strong parent volunteersupport staff. In honor of the school's founding, the Most Rev. John J. Myers, coadjutorbishop of Peoria, visited students and faculty at the school on Jan. 8 and celebrated a specialMass in Sacred Heart Church. An all-student birthday musical, "Happy birthday, Seton,"will be in April, recapping Seton memories during the years. Joan Derouin, of Moline,a Seton parent, is program chairman.















 



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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
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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