Today in history for Saturday, April 20, 2013


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Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2013. There are 255 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Look out for your hogs, all who keep the animals within the city limits. The new marshal is doing his business thoroughly, so if the hogs are suffered to run at large they will be "gobbled up" and sold.
1888 — 125 years ago: The cornerstone of South Park Presbyterian mission will be laid at 4 p.m. today. The Rev. W.S. Marquis of Broadway Presbyterian Church will officiate.
1913 — 100 years ago: Dr. J.P. Comegys, of Rock Island, has been named post surgeon at the Rock Island Arsenal.
1938 — 75 years ago: Farmers from the Rock Island trading area will be feted tonight at a farm-city dinner in the cafeteria at Rock Island's new $1,225,000 high school building under sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
1963 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island downtown area will be turned into a circus grounds overnight tonight in preparation for one of the largest promotional events everstaged by the Rock Island Retail Bureau. An official with the Polly Miller Big TopSpectacular estimates a total of 250,000 people will throng the downtown area through the five-day promotion which begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday.
1988 — 25 years ago: Augustana College gave Queen Silvia, of Sweden, a royal welcome this morning in honor of Her Majesty's first visit to the Rock Island Campus, the oldest Swedish College in America. The queen's visit is part of a 16-city U.S. tour celebratingNew Sweden '88, the 350th anniversary of the first permanent Swedish settlement in North America.















 



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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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