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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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