Posted Online: March 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
Today in history for Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Today is Tuesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2013. There are 287 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: There is much anxiety among foreign residents of the county whohave taken out their first naturalization papers. This class heretofore has been exemptfrom conscription, but Congress is reconsidering the issue.
1888 -- 125 years ago: St. Patrick's Benevolent Society of Rock Island gave a St.Patrick's Day party last night at the Rock Island Armory.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Seventh Avenue nearly is impassable as a thoroughfare. Three blocksbetween 25th and 28th streets have been barred to traffic.
1938 -- 75 years ago: E.B. McKown, 80, and John H. Liedtke, 76, two of Rock Island'soldest active business men, are observing their birthdays this week.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Despite the heavy rains in downtown Rock Island, last night's attendance at the fourth annual Mississippi Valley Home and Garden Show in the RockIsland Armory continued well ahead of a year ago. During the first two days of the show,which opened Saturday, nearly 19,000 adults and an undetermined number of childrenwent through the armory doors.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The youth services officer in Coal Valley believes it's better towork on prevention than apprehension. The officer, C. Wayne Westphal II, has beennamed the village's Police Officer of the Year for 1987. This is the first time an honoreehas been selected. Mr. Westphal was chosen for his dedication to duty and outstandingwork as a youth services officer, according to Roy Shrake, chief of police.