Today in history for Wednesday, May 15, 2013


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Posted Online: May 14, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Wednesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2013. There are 230 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Fears of a rebel cavalry raid are entertained at Washington, D.C. These are perilous times. It behooves every man to be careful in his speech as well as hisactions.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Col. H.B. Burgh has been appointed marshal of the day for RockIsland's Memorial Day exercises.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Joe Berger, former Rock Island baseball player, has become the regular second baseman with the Chicago White Sox, supplanting Morris Rath.
1938 -- 75 years ago: A sketch of the Rock Island approach on 15th Street to the proposedRock Island-Davenport Bridge appeared in the Argus yesterday.
1963 -- 50 years ago: First editions of such volumes as John Milton's "Paradise Lost" andEdmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queen" add something extra to the already fine reputationof the Augustana College Library.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Womans Club of Rock Island will meet at noonSaturday in First Baptist Church, Rock Island, for a luncheon and celebration of their75th year. The program was arranged by Kay Shaw, chairman, and committee membersLillian Evans, Kay Stechalin and Bernice Fowler.















 



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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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