Today in history for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014


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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2014. There are 316 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Rags are again "money." They bring 8 cents and a quarter to 10 1/2 cents per pound. Our readers had better save their rags if they want to have newspapers much longer.
1889 — 125 years ago: W.C. Maucker, who has been operating a grocery on the Milan road for many years, has opened a second store at 4th Avenue and 15th Street, Rock Island.
1914 — 100 years ago: Joe Berger, of Rock Island, star second baseman of the Chicago White Sox, left for the west coast to join his teammates for the spring training session.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dewey, Vandenberg and Taft are the most popular choices at the present for the 1940 presidential nomination on the Republican ticket.
1964 — 50 years ago: Bruce Lourie, a vice president and director of Deere & Co. since 1946, will retire on May 31 after 36 years of service with the Deere organization, it was announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The landmark building that now houses Supreme TV-Video and Appliance on the corner of 23rd Avenue and 41st Street in Moline may be torn down to make way for a Hardee's restaurant.

















 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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