Today in history for Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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Posted Online: April 16, 2013, 11:00 pm
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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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  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

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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