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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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