Today in history for Friday, Feb. 22, 2013


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Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2013. There are 312 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: A Washington letter says an estimated 5,000 officers aboutWashington are shirking duty yet march up to the pay table every month with theregularity of a quartermaster's mule to its peck of daily oats.
1888 — 125 years ago: Davenport is considering the installation of cable cars for itstransportation system.
1913 — 100 years ago: W. C. Dennis, Rock Island, drove to Chicago from Rock Islandyesterday in his automobile, traveling the distance across country in eight hours.
1938 — 75 years ago: Rock Island High School this week was described by state publicinstruction inspectors as "a superior school plant in which a modern educational programis being worked out."
1963 — 50 years ago: "Patterns to Fashions by Moline Juniors," a style show and cardparty will be sponsored by the Moline Junior Woman's Club of Moline. Around-the-clock fashions for women in all age categories will be shown, and original millinery alsowill be featured.
1988 — 25 years ago: The second annual Great River Tug across the Mississippi Riverhas a corporate sponsor for 1988, and organizers say the event should go more smoothlythan it did last year with preliminary contests the week before the main event. The Aug.13 pull will be called the Old Style Great River Tug after Heileman's Old Style Beer,which has agreed to contribute $3,000 to fund the tug-of-war between the villages of PortByron and LeClaire, Iowa, according to Scott Verbeckmoes, Port Byron originator of theidea.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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