Today in history for Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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Posted Online: March 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Tuesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2013. There are 287 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: There is much anxiety among foreign residents of the county whohave taken out their first naturalization papers. This class heretofore has been exemptfrom conscription, but Congress is reconsidering the issue.
1888 -- 125 years ago: St. Patrick's Benevolent Society of Rock Island gave a St.Patrick's Day party last night at the Rock Island Armory.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Seventh Avenue nearly is impassable as a thoroughfare. Three blocksbetween 25th and 28th streets have been barred to traffic.
1938 -- 75 years ago: E.B. McKown, 80, and John H. Liedtke, 76, two of Rock Island'soldest active business men, are observing their birthdays this week.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Despite the heavy rains in downtown Rock Island, last night's attendance at the fourth annual Mississippi Valley Home and Garden Show in the RockIsland Armory continued well ahead of a year ago. During the first two days of the show,which opened Saturday, nearly 19,000 adults and an undetermined number of childrenwent through the armory doors.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The youth services officer in Coal Valley believes it's better towork on prevention than apprehension. The officer, C. Wayne Westphal II, has beennamed the village's Police Officer of the Year for 1987. This is the first time an honoreehas been selected. Mr. Westphal was chosen for his dedication to duty and outstandingwork as a youth services officer, according to Roy Shrake, chief of police.















 



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  Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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