Today in history for Friday, Sept. 28, 2012


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Today is Friday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2012. There are 94 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: Our levee now boasts of a railroad track running down an inclined plane to the steamboats so that freight is carried directly from the boats into the cars.

1887 -- 125 years ago: The eighth annual convention of the Illinois Protective Liquor Dealers Association opened today at the Rock Island House for a two-day session.

1912 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Bridge and Iron works is planning a $15,000 enlargement of the company plant.

1937 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert P. Galbraith broke a tie vote in the city council to assure the installation of concrete paving of 14th Avenue from 30th to 46th streets.

1962 -- 50 years ago: A Rock Island man got an unexpected 15-minute ride down the Mississippi River this morning when a barge on which he was working slipped away from workers unloading it.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Boaters wanting to improve their skills over the winter and possibly get a discount on their insurance can take the Boating Skills and Seamanship class being offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Rock Island flotilla's fall class begins 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Station, Sunset Marina.


















 



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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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