Today in history for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2012, 5:00 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
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.


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

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.

(More History)