Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013


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Posted Online: Feb. 20, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2013. There are 314 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Today we are having a heavy fall of rain. The roads are horrible – scarcely a country team in town.
1888 -- 125 years ago: R. E. Spangler, United States Postal Inspector, is visiting RockIsland in connection with the possible location of a federal building to house the postoffice and engineer's offices.
1913 -- 100 years ago: John D. Cady, of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club, will lead theWestern Golf Association in matches on the Pacific Coast.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. C. W. Hawes yesterday was elected to her 26th term aspresident of the Women's Missionary Society of the South Park Presbyterian Church.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Winter returned to the Quad-City area today, starting with an earlymorning snowfall that by noon dumped 1.6 inches of snow and ending with a coldwave that will send temperatures down to 5 to 10 below zero tonight.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Police say a rivalry between high school students from Rock Islandand East Moline has sparked fights between teenagers for two consecutive weekends atSouthPark Mall in Moline. Police said they hope the violence won't be repeated this weekend andare taking steps to prevent it.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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