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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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