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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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