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: 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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