Today in history for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 08, 2012, 6:00 am
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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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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