Today in history for Friday, Oct. 5


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Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2012, 5:00 am
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Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2012. There are 87 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: Gummed postage stamps never were intended to be used as currency. The Post Office Department has announced that postage stamps used to pay bills are not to be recognized.

1887 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G. W. Gue, of Peoria, has been named pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, succeeding the Rev. G. J. Luckey.

1912 -- 100 years ago: South Park Presbyterian Chapel, for 2 ½ years a mission of the Broadway Church, has become a full-fledged church and will call a minister to the pulpit.

1937 -- 75 years ago: Henry J. Bulins has been elected president of the United Belgian-American Societies of the Tri-Cities.

1962 -- 50 years ago: Arabian horse owners from many parts of the nation will assemble at Friendship Farm, East Moline, Nov. 2, 3 and 4 to learn more about their favorite breed of horses. They will be attending the sixth annual horse management course sponsored by the Arabian Horse Owners foundation.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Members of the marching band and color guard of J.D. Darnall High School, Geneseo, captured first-place honors in the annual Rochelle Marching Band Classic. Victor Blanchetta, band director, said this is the first time in three years that Geneseo has placed first in the event, and the first time the band has won a competition this early in the season.


















 




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  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

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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