Today in history for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2012, 5:00 am
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 29, the 273rd day of 2012. There are 93 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: Thomas Butler and his wife have been complained of before Esquire Swander for whipping Peter Hegan's little boy. The boy called Mrs. B. hard names and Mr. B. slapped him. Verdict was "served him right."

1887 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Glass works plant resumed operations today following settlement of a strike.

1912 -- 100 years ago: An illustrated folder describing Rock Island as an ideal place for conventions has been published by the Chamber of Commerce.

1937 -- 75 years ago: The recently constructed First Presbyterian Church in Rock Island was dedicated yesterday afternoon.

1962 -- 50 years ago: The opening day of the three-day Bishop-Franz Vocation Exhibit drew nearly 9,000 persons to the Rock Island Armory. The turnout the first day nearly equaled the expected total attendance for the three-day run.

1987 -- 25 years ago: The Old Farmer's Almanac, the venerable guide of witty weather forecasts and rocking-chair wisdom, predicts more than a wet winter this year – it also sees a return to girdles and a bowling revival in America's future.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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