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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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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