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 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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