Today in history for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013


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Posted Online: Oct. 30, 2013, 8:12 pm
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2013. There are 61 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The new steamer, which is being finished at our levee by Capt. Add. Hine, will be ready to run in a short time.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Bert Cunningham, Moline's great baseball pitcher, who hurled for the Baltimores during the 1888 season, has returned home for the winter.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Indications are that football in Rock Island High School will be abolished at the end of the 1913 season because of lack of interest and poor attendance, according to Manager A.G. Hill.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The Tri-Cities shared a nationwide alarm and panic over a radio broadcast of a skit entitled "Invasion from Mars", which hundreds of listeners thought was the real thing.
1963 -- 50 years ago: A book entitled "The High Prairie" has been written and published by Louis Detlef Hauberg, a historian and member of a pioneer area family. In his book, Hauberg, the founder of the Coe Township Museum near Port Byron, tells of the early days in Rock Island County with emphasis on activities in the upper region of the county.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Moline has received a national award for urban development excellence, recognizing a housing improvement program that has helped repair more than 1,000 homes since 1975.

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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