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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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