Today in history for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013


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Posted Online: Sept. 02, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2013. There are 119 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: This morning men were set at work breaking ground on the islandfor the Rock Island Arsenal.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The Argus today increased the size of its daily publication to ninecolumns, 27 inches, from eight columns, 24 inches.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Attendance at the closing session of the Methodist campgroundmeeting last night was 750.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Former resident Edward H. Young, professor of romanticlanguages at Duke University, visited here today. He declared that "people throughoutEurope appear to be living in fright of war."
1963 -- 50 years ago: A strong arm robbery was reported last night to Rock Island police.The victim Homer Hartley, of Rock Island, said two men took $93 from him while they wereon the riverfront at 2nd Avenue.
1988 -- 25 years ago: A national accrediting association has commended the Moline HighSchool fine arts department and recommended a longer school day among changes forimproving high school education in Moline.


















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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