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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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