Today in history for Friday, Feb. 14, 2014


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Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2014, 5:07 pm
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Today is Friday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2014. There are 320 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ice on the Mississippi River is unsafe for man or beast. P.L. Mitchell and his son narrowly escaped drowning when their light buggy and team broke through the ice, yesterday. Only one horse was saved.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James A. Bishop of Moline has been chosen from 20 applicants to succeed W.W. Hatch as principal of Rock Island High School.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Stock in the Rock Island Central Association baseball team was placed on market for $100 per share.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, of Rock Island, and Thomas Gainey, 97, of Moline, were guests of honor at the Lincoln banquet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Moline Boys Choir has been invited to sing at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., it was announced today. Thirty-eight boys in the choir, two prefectors and six adults, including Dr. Frederick Swanson, director, will make the trip.
1989 -- 25 years ago: John Deere, inventor of the moldboard plow, has joined the ranks of Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers and Louis Pasteur. Sunday, the pioneer blacksmith was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Arlington, Va., recognizing his contribution to the agricultural industry.



















 



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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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