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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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