Today in history for Monday, March 18, 2013


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Posted Online: March 17, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Monday, March 18, the 77th day of 2013. There are 288 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: We notice a Washington letter says Gen. John Buford recently was robbed of $1,900 while in an oyster saloon in that city.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Civil engineers of the Burlington Railroad are surveying RockIsland and Davenport shores of the Mississippi River preparatory to constructing a newbridge.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The highest stage of the river since last fall was observed at RockIsland today. The stage is 8 feet, 8 inches, four feet higher than on March 13.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's liquor ordinance was liberalized through lengthenedhours last night by the city council, but the annual liquor license fees were raised.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A new shoe department, featuring the complete line of Bostonian,Mansfield and Handshoemakers shoes, is being opened in Mosenfelders Inc., 1709 2ndAve., Rock Island.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island County Board on Wednesday went on recordopposing an effort by Rock Island's City Preservation Commission to designate therecently donated Modern Woodmen building as a historical landmark. The decision tooppose the designation met with little discussion Wednesday, though board memberGeorge Skafidas, D-18, suggested the county should look into giving the buildingto the city in exchange for parking spaces in the city garage across from the countybuilding.















 



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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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