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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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