Posted Online: April 16, 2013, 11:00 pm

Today in history for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Today is Wednesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2013. There are 258 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: William Blakely, of Preemption, who was married this week toJane Beaty, of the same place, suffered a terrible accident while loading his wagon to startfor Oregon. A double-barreled shotgun went off accidentally and shattered his right arm.It was amputated.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Clerks are boycotting business houses where proprietors refuse toobserve early closing hours. The clerks hope to fix the closing hour at 8 p.m.
1913 -- 100 years ago: Twenty teams and flushers have begun the task of cleaning RockIsland's streets.
1938 -- 75 years ago: More than 3,000 children took part in the sixth annual Easter egghunt yesterday at Long View Park, making it sound like Black Hawk and his warriors hadreturned to the woods.
1963 -- 50 years ago: William Bell, of Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island Board of Education at its organization meeting last night. Bill, who has served on theschool board since 1953, succeeds Julis Califf, president of the board since 1952.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Logan School students are wistfully dreaming of new playgroundequipment as a communitywide fundraising campaign is underway to purchase a newoutdoor fitness center for the Moline school.