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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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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