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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  Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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