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: 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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