Today in history for Tuesday, July 9, 2013


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Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 4:12 pm
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Today is Tuesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2013. There are 175 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Everyone felt so good over the encouraging news of the defeat ofthe rebel army in Pennsylvania that the little cannon was got out and fired.
1888 -- 125 years ago: John Volk, of Rock Island, has been awarded a contract forimprovements at the Congregational church in Port Byron.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill's great exposition is in Moline thisweek.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Application for a PWA grant of $1,400 on construction of theproposed Rock Island Davenport Bridge was filed yesterday by Mayor Robert P.Galbraith, of Rock Island township.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Three records were broken by a team of four Rock Island YMCAswimmers taken to Chicago for the Portage Park open, with a total of 2,000 swimmersattending. Two records were turned in by Keith Gilliam and the other new record bythe Rock Islander was a 200 meter medley relay by Bill Schuster, Tom Chappel, MarcGilliam and Keith Gilliam.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Sno-cones, ice cream and cold drinks were big seller Friday asQuad-Citians sought relief from the heat at the Rock Island Summer Festival.

















 



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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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