Today in history for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012


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Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2012, 5:11 pm
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, the 271st day of 2012. There are 95 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: The Coal Valley train has brought no coal for three days, and the price already has advanced about four cents per bushel. It is being sold for 12 ½ cents on the streets.

1887 -- 125 years ago: Representatives from Rock Island and surrounding towns are attending a Hennepin Canal discussion conference in Peoria.

1912 -- 100 years ago: For the first time in history, Rock Island residents were able to see themselves in moving pictures. The films were taken by a Chicago firm and displayed at the Majestic Theater.

1937 -- 75 years ago: Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, at a convention in Davenport, predicted that efforts to socialize medicine will fail.

1962 -- 50 years ago: Carstensen Freight Lines Inc. today announced the construction of a $90,000 freight terminal in southwestern Rock Island at a breakfast sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Construction of a new terminal at 508 31st Ave. has been under way for about 10 days and is expected to be completed by the end of November.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Sylvan Slough, the little ribbon of the Mississippi that flows past Arsenal Island on the Illinois side, continues to be an outstanding fishery. Smallish largemouth bass have been abundant there for the past week, bluegills are biting regularly and anglers are taking limits of walleye in the 1 ½ pound range.




 












 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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