Today in history for Friday, Sept. 28, 2012


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Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2012, 5:00 am
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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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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