Today in history for Friday, April 19, 2013


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Posted Online: April 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2013. There are 256 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Cannot our businessmen raise enough money to set the streetsprinkler going again? It is very much needed.
1888 — 125 years ago: Women teachers of central Illinois have organized aSchoolmistresses' club.
1913 — 100 years ago: The smallpox epidemic scare is on the wane. No new cases havebeen reported in the city during the last 24 hours.
1938 — 75 years ago: Three Rock Island High School students made a clean sweep ofprizes in a Rock Island District Dental Society poster contest for three counties. Winnerswere Jeanne Eichelsdoerfer, Ben G. Sherrard and Dean Anderson.
1963 — 50 years ago: Damage is expected to exceed $1 million over a four-county areafrom last night's tornadic winds which cut a swath along a line extending from LittleYork in the southwest through Rio in the northeast. The four counties touched by thestorm are Mercer, Warren, Henderson and Knox.
1988 — 25 years ago: Construction on a new sewage system has pushed back the openingof Niabi Zoo for another week, zoo director Mike Poelvoorde said today. The zoo can'tmake its tentative opening date on May 2 and is shooting for May 9. The zoo has been indisarray for months because workers are constructing a new sewage system, mandated bythe Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.















 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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