Today in history for Monday, Feb. 11, 2013


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Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2013. There are 323 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The fattest hog brought to the Rock Island market this season wasraised by Brice McRoberts, of Preemption. It weighed 391 pounds, and its legs scarcelycleared its body from the ground.
1888 -- 125 years ago: C. W. Hawes, postmaster, has announced plans for remodeling theRock Island Post Office.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Cleaveland left today for a six-week trip toLouisiana, the Panama Canal and Cuba.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Earl H. Hanson has been awarded a three-year contract assuperintendent of the Rock Island public schools and an increase in salary to $5,000.
1963 -- 50 years ago: The sturdy feet of five Boy Scouts from East Dubuque have earnedrespect from adults here. The five Scouts hiked 50 miles to demonstrate physical fitness.Five adults who started the hike dropped out along the way, including ScoutmasterGordon Kilgore. The Scouts left Dodgeville at 5:25 a.m. and reached the outskirts ofDubuque at 7 p.m. but then needed 45 minutes to walk the last mile and a half acrossthe Julien Dubuque Bridge because crowds blocked the path. The hikers were DaveBeck, 14, Bobby Hoffman, 14, Jimmy Trannel, 15, and Kilgore's sons, Patrick, 14, andMichael, 13.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Residents have until April 1 to remove junk vehicles or face theexpense of towing fees and a fine.















 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

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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