Today in history for Monday, Feb. 17, 2014


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Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Today is Monday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2014. There are 317 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Western Boys will give a ball at Island City Hall on the anniversary of Washington's birthday.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Fisk University Jubilee Singers presented a musical program at Harper's Theater for the benefit of Buford Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Ruth Blakemore was selected to represent Rock Island High School in the Big Eight declamatory contest for girls.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Ray Brunswig, 12, a Frances Willard school safety patrol captain, was credited with saving Clifford Householder, 4, from serious injury when he snatched the little boy from the path of a car.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A $500,000 remodeling project will begin early this spring at the Petersen-Harned-Von Maur Department Store at 2nd and Main streets, Davenport, Cable G. Von Maur, president of the 92-year-old firm, has announced.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Hampton School Board has clarified its policy on student eligibility for extracurricular activities. The new policy says students in grades 5-8 who are not doing overall passing work at the end of the third week of each grading period will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities for two weeks.

















 



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  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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