Today in history for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012


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Today is Thursday, Oct. 11, the 285th day of 2012. There are 81 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: The person who took about half a fine myrtle plant from the front yard of a house in this city had better not exhibit it very publicly, for it will be recognized and the thief exposed.

1887 -- 125 years ago: An ordinance establishing a department of health in Rock Island was adopted by the city council at a special meeting last night by a vote of 10 to 2.

1912 -- 100 years ago: Augustana's campaign to raise $40,000 has been accomplished and the college will receive $40,000 additional from the Ericson estate.

1937 -- 75 years ago: L.B. Wilson has been elected president of the State Bank of Rock Island to succeed I.S. White.

1962 -- 50 years ago: 5,400 Rock Island county residents yesterday attended make-up clinics for Sabin oral polio vaccine immunization.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Ornithologist Pete Petersen will teach "Feeding the Birds" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Duck Creek Lodge, sponsored by the Davenport Park and Recreation Department. The program will acquaint participants with the various types of feeders and feed available and will suggest ways to attract birds.




















 



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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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