Posted Online: April 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
Today in history for Friday, April 19, 2013
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Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2013. There are 256 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: Cannot our businessmen raise enough money to set the streetsprinkler going again? It is very much needed.
1888 — 125 years ago: Women teachers of central Illinois have organized aSchoolmistresses' club.
1913 — 100 years ago: The smallpox epidemic scare is on the wane. No new cases havebeen reported in the city during the last 24 hours.
1938 — 75 years ago: Three Rock Island High School students made a clean sweep ofprizes in a Rock Island District Dental Society poster contest for three counties. Winnerswere Jeanne Eichelsdoerfer, Ben G. Sherrard and Dean Anderson.
1963 — 50 years ago: Damage is expected to exceed $1 million over a four-county areafrom last night's tornadic winds which cut a swath along a line extending from LittleYork in the southwest through Rio in the northeast. The four counties touched by thestorm are Mercer, Warren, Henderson and Knox.
1988 — 25 years ago: Construction on a new sewage system has pushed back the openingof Niabi Zoo for another week, zoo director Mike Poelvoorde said today. The zoo can'tmake its tentative opening date on May 2 and is shooting for May 9. The zoo has been indisarray for months because workers are constructing a new sewage system, mandated bythe Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.