Today in history for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012


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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: For six years we have not seen so many happy faces on our streets
as we saw last Saturday after the total vote showed the Democratic state ticket was
elected by a 20,000 majority.
1887 — 125 years ago: The first vestibule car train of the Rock Island Lines passedthrough Rock Island today. The train had 11 of the new type cars.
1912 — 100 years ago: Twenty persons attended the first session of Rock Island's public
night school last night at Rock Island High School.
1937 — 75 years ago: Seventeen Moline students are ill of scarlet fever.
1962 — 50 years ago: A new supersectional Quad-City postal operation, with its center in
Rock Island, will go into operation on a limited basis Monday. The Argus learned today that the Rock Island Post Office will become the focal point for all mail handling in thegreater Quad-City region extending to an approximate radius of 50 miles and including63 post offices. Among the major post offices involved are Davenport, Moline, East Moline, Muscatine, Tipton and Silvis.
1987 — 25 years ago: An unplanned vacation ended today for about 9,500 Rock Island Arsenal employees sent home Thursday after a water main break shut off service to the island.















 



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  Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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