Today in history for Friday, March 22, 2013


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Posted Online: March 21, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The first of a series of 12 lessons in vocal music will be givenin the lecture room of the Methodist Church tomorrow evening. All who wish are invitedto attend the singing school.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The ferry Spencer has been taken out of winter quarterspreparatory to resuming regular trips between Rock Island and Davenport.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Masonic Temple, under construction at 18th Street and 5th Avenue, is to be completed by June 1.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Melford J. Norby has been elected to a six-year term as countysuperintendent of highways by the Rock Island County Board.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A record breaking 28,000 persons have filed through the RockIsland Armory during the first six days of the nine-day fourth annual Mississippi ValleyHome and Garden Show. Coins tossed into the model swimming pool now total about$50. The money will be given to the Crippled Children's Foundation of Rock IslandCounty.
1988 -- 25 years ago: North Campus of United Township High School should be closedand $6.6 million should be spent to fit another 1,000 students into South Campus,according to a study by the Illinois State Board of Education presented on Monday. "Wefound that the North Campus is a pretty inadequate building," said John Weese, fieldconsultant for the state board.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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