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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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