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: 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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