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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

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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