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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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