Today in history for Wednesday, March 20, 2013


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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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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