Today in history for Monday, July 8, 2013


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Posted Online: July 07, 2013, 9:43 pm
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Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2013. There are 176 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: It is estimated at Gettysburg that Lee's army has lost by desertion,since crossing the Potomac, and aggregate of 6,000 men.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Mayor Virgil M. Blanding today appointed Alfred Beck aschairman of the Rock Island Public Library Board.
1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A.P. Totten and Adam Kramer of Rock Island returned fromGettysburg, Pa, today where they attended the reunion of the "Blue and the Grey, heldJuly 4.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The existing Hennepin canal will operate next year according toofficials of the Mississippi Valley Waterways association.
1963 -- 50 years ago: One man is dead and five firemen were overcome by carbondioxide gas as a result of an explosion in the air conditioning room in the basement of theFort theater Building shortly after 1 this afternoon.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Developers of the 911 emergency telephone network for RockIsland County this week ordered their first shipment of equipment for the embryonicsystem.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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