Today in history for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012


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Today is Thursday, Nov. 8, the 313th day of 2012. There are 53 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Mr. Harper has erected another commodious building on the gaslot as an addition to his pork packing establishment.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Gregory Brown, of Zuma Township, operator of a large farm, haswagered an oyster supper that his corn crop will average about 100 bushels to the acre.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The general election this week turned to be a victory for WoodrowWilson, and Rock Island contributed to Wilson's majority over Roosevelt and Taft.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Work of rehabilitating old Chippiannock Cemetery is nearlycompleted.
1962 -- 50 years ago: The death of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, widow of America's four-term president, came as a shock and surprise to millions of people. For the greater partof her life she never knew a day of illness. Then, at 78, death came suddenly at herhome following a short stay in a hospital where she went for a routine checkup and wasfound to have anemia and a lung infection.
1987 -- 25 years ago: By this time next year, what now is an empty lot in the 900 blockbetween SW 3rd and 4th streets in Aledo, will be the site of a brand new MercerCounty Jail. The new 9,482-square-foot facility is being built because the present jaildoes not meet state requirements.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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