Today in history for Friday, Nov. 9, 2012


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Today is Friday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2012. There are 52 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: We are indebted to Miss Theresa Fitzpatrick for the perusal of along and excellent letter from her brother Frank, a member of Co. D, 12th regiment. Hewas wounded at the battle of Corinth and is in the hospital at Mound City, but will soonbe well.
1887 — 125 years ago: All wool mittens are selling at McCabe Bros. store for seven centsa pair.
1912 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education is considering plans toestablish a night school in the city.
1937 — 75 years ago: Rock Island postmen are delivering 10,000 registration forms inpreparation for the national census of unemployment.
1962 — 50 years ago: Moline Lutheran Hospital has captured the top award in thecompetition held by the business and industrial division of the city beautificationcommittee of the Moline Association of Commerce to select the firm which has done themost to add to the beauty of Moline during the lat year.
1987 — 25 years ago: Cheap grain prices and increased export demand are expected topush barge traffic on the upper Mississippi River to record tonnage later this month, theU.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday.












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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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