Today in history for Wednesday, March 20, 2013


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Posted Online: March 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2013. There are 286 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Examinations will be given in Miss Cowle's division of the highschool tomorrow. If there is a quicker or better working school in town than this one, wehave not seen it. Our people should go and see it.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the MethodistChurch of Rock Island observed its 18th anniversary at a special meeting last night.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Harry T. Knox, of Rock Island, was injured yesterday when hiselectric runabout collided with a street car at 4th Avenue and 17th Street.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Tri-City bridge players are a bit skeptical about using the new 5-suit bridge deck which originated several months ago in England, but merchants reportmany requests for the new decks.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Housewives, do you find your wash suds sloshing down the drain?If you do, this is what happens to at least a portion of them. Officials say the long-lastingsuds, which find their way into the river after being dumped down the drain, frequentlyaccumulate at the locks and dams. Engineers forced air into tunnels beneath the waterlevel at the local lock in an effort to free ice as the navigation season opened yesterday.The air caused the detergents to bubble up.
1988 -- 25 years ago: After more than half a century, the forgotten people of the old"poor farm" cemetery, south of Geneseo, are going to be remembered. Ninety-one knownnames of the homeless who lived and died at the former Henry County Infirmary havebeen engraved on a 24-by-30 inch bronze plaque. The plaque will be mounted on aconcrete base in the front yard at Hillcrest Home, which eventually replaced the oldinfirmary, according to Hillcrest administrator Robert Ruskin.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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