Today in history for Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2012


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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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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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