Today in history for Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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Today is Wednesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2013. There are 258 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: William Blakely, of Preemption, who was married this week toJane Beaty, of the same place, suffered a terrible accident while loading his wagon to startfor Oregon. A double-barreled shotgun went off accidentally and shattered his right arm.It was amputated.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Clerks are boycotting business houses where proprietors refuse toobserve early closing hours. The clerks hope to fix the closing hour at 8 p.m.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Twenty teams and flushers have begun the task of cleaning RockIsland's streets.
1938 -- 75 years ago: More than 3,000 children took part in the sixth annual Easter egghunt yesterday at Long View Park, making it sound like Black Hawk and his warriors hadreturned to the woods.
1963 -- 50 years ago: William Bell, of Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island Board of Education at its organization meeting last night. Bill, who has served on theschool board since 1953, succeeds Julis Califf, president of the board since 1952.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Logan School students are wistfully dreaming of new playgroundequipment as a communitywide fundraising campaign is underway to purchase a newoutdoor fitness center for the Moline school.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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