Today in history for Tuesday, April 16, 2013


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Posted Online: April 15, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2013. There are 259 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The post office at Drury's Landing has been moved two and a halfmiles east to the house of Simon Essex, who has been appointed postmaster. This leavesthe northwest portion of the township with no mail accommodations.
1888 — 125 years ago: W.C. Browne, of Rock Island, has resigned as superintendent of theRock Island Plow Company.
1913 — 100 years ago: City Commissioner Archie Hart today appointed Tom Cox as adetective to succeed William Caulfield, who has resigned.
1938 — 75 years ago: The new engineer dredge, "Rock Island," which with its equipment represents an outlay of more than a million dollars, has started operations in Rock IslandDistrict of the Mississippi River.
1963 — 50 years ago: Harv Schmidt, who led Davenport West to a tie for second placein the Mississippi Valley Conference last winter, has been named as Moline's newbasketball coach, it was announced today.
1988 — 25 years ago: A new posh restaurant will open the first weekend in May indowntown Moline. Charles Moskowitz, of Moline, is completing elaborate plans for hisCharles-Michel restaurant, an upscale dining establishment to be located in the formerJosephson's Jewelry Store on 5th Avenue. "The menu will change from week to week andemphasis always will be on fresh ingredients. There's not even a freezer or a deep fryerin the place," he said.















 




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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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