Today in history for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013

Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2013, 6:01 pm
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Today is Saturday, August 31st, the 243rd day of 2013.There are 122 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The most enormous yield of plums we have ever seen is on thegrounds around the residence of Charles Buford.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Fred Hass last night was elected president of the CitizensImprovement Association of Rock Island.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Illinois rifle team, of which Capt. Ed Dunavin, of RockIsland, is a member, placed fifth in the national contest.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The total estimated cost of building construction begun in RockIsland during August was $72,031.76.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Two work orders totaling $13,419,000 were placed today bythe office of the project manager for combat vehicles, headquarters, Army WeaponsCommand, Rock Island Arsenal.
1988 -- 25 years ago: A reading service for Quad-Citians who are sight impaired willbegin in December or January on WVIK-FM.


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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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