Today in history for Saturday, March 16, 2013


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Posted Online: March 15, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Saturday, March 16, the 75th day of 2013. There are 290 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The Rock Island and Keokuk daily line of mail and passengerpackets is now making regular trips. The Jennie Whipple went down today and the Kate
Cassel is the boat for tomorrow.
1888 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Industrial Fair held last month at the skating rinkshowed a net profit of $2,240, according to figures announced today.
1913 — 100 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mosenfelder and daughter have returned froma trip to the Panama Canal.
1938 — 75 years ago: Clarence Darrow, who rose from a $30-per-month country schoolteacher to be the nation's most famous "attorney for the defense," is dead at 80 years. Thenoted lawyer philosopher was known as a friend of the poor.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Rock island County Heart Association's goal of $16,000 inits Heart Sunday drive has been exceeded by $256, Mrs. Brendon R. Dudley, executivedirector, announced today.
1988 — 25 years ago: In a 1,360-vote turnaround from last November, Geneseo SchoolDistrict voters approved a tax increase of 67 cents per $100 assessed valuation for theeducation fund Tuesday.















 



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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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