Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014


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Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2014, 12:00 am
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2014. There are 315 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: George P. Wagner and Philip Dingeldein have formed a partnership for the purpose of carrying on the butchering business. Their shop on Illinois Street carries a full supply of the best meats.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Beth Sommerville dramatic company opened a week's engagement at Harper's Theater presenting a double bill including a drama and a farce comedy.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Crawford C. Carter, former star mile runner for Rock Island High School, won inter-scholastic honors at an invitational meet in Baltimore, Md., breasting the tape in the mile at 4 minutes. 32.6 seconds.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Rock Island County Historical Society is making plans for a celebration in 1941 of the 100th anniversary of the changing of the name of Stephenson to town of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: East Moline will continue to fight the paving of Moline's 34th Avenue after the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors yesterday afternoon approved the project following a maze of parliamentary and legal maneuvering.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Reliable sources report the Quad-Cities will soon have its very own lotto game. The number game is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27 and will have a weekly cash jackpot of about $1,000.















 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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