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: 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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