Posted Online: Jan. 21, 2013, 6:00 am
Today in history for Monday, Ja. 21, 2013
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Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2013. There are 344 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: We understand the ferry company is accepting nothing for
fares except postal currency or coins.
1888 -- 125 years ago: C.H. Deere, of Moline, today was elected president of the Mutual
Union Fire Insurance Co. J.J. Reimers, of Rock Island, was named vice president.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The ice gorge in the Mississippi River at the foot of the Crescent
railroad bridge broke today, and the stage of the river dropped a foot.
1938 -- 75 years ago: In estimated cost of building construction started during 1937,
Rock Island ranked third in downstate Illinois. Peoria ranked first and Springfield second.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Senior citizens are invited to attend the monthly birthday party to
be held at the Moline Senior Citizens Center tomorrow in the Viking Building at 1514 4th
Ave. Activities will begin at noon and continue through the afternoon.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Managers of the local bus system hope a new marketing push
will attract riders and help offset $150,000 in funding cuts. The Rock Island County
Mass Metropolitan Transit District is bracing for a $150,000 drop in federal, state and
local income. To offset the loss, they want to invest in a glitzy marketing plan aimed at