Today in history for Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2012


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Posted Online: Oct. 12, 2012, 5:00 am
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Today is Friday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2012. There are 80 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: We are indebted to John Rhodenbaugh for fine specimens of very large apples from his orchard near Richland Grove.

1887 -- 125 years ago: Electric companies are bidding $100 down to $69 per year per pole for street illumination. The total cost would be about $6,300.

1912 -- 100 years ago: Hundreds of members of the Odd Fellow Lodge attended cornerstone laying ceremonies for their new building in Rock Island yesterday.

1937 -- 75 years ago: A split in the ranks of the Central Townsend Club developed last night, and the president and part of the members withdrew to form the General Welfare Forum.

1962 -- 50 years ago: A new super record and sound equipment center will be opened in Rock Island about Nov. 1 by Van Goor Record Shops Inc. It was announced jointly today by Ed Van Goor, form owner, and Hyman Goldman, president of Hyman's Furniture Store Inc, owner of the building at 1715 2nd Ave.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. put its machinery to use for a community-minded grading project at Northeast Park, East Moline, that will mean a permanent home for the city's soccer players. "We've been trying for a good number of years to get a soccer field graded," Mr. Standaert said. "Deere deserves a lot of credit for this." Deere's help saved the city about $20,000 in contracting costs for the field.




















 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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