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 Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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