The Edison Junior High seventh-grade football team won the Heartland Conference with a 7-0 record. Team members are, front from left, manager Francescia Anguiano, Josh Bebber, Joseph Delong,Jeremy Kaiser, Deion Stewart-Parks, P.T. Boeye, Josh Huisman, Quincy Lovelady, Justin Randle and manager Courtney Bensenberg; second row, manager Elizabeth Israel, Robert Bagley, Frank Warbrough, Deangelo Horne, Demari Craig, Stephon Simelton, Jalen Reed, Roland Wesseh, Kaleb Villareal, Alith Ayuen and manager Kiara Craig; third row, Jonathan Hudspith, Mohamed Juma, Justin Harris, Clayton Thomas, A.J. Williams, Jordan Vesey, Cade Green, Darrius Nelson, Trevor Meguffy and coach Derrick Beckhart; and back row, coach Chris Suhr, coach Greg Beckhart, Javontae Rush, Michail Sudberry, Aquavion Austin, Ryan O'Mary, Marquan Dixon, Vyshar Garrard, Jordan Humphrey, Jack Fulscher, Oliver McDowell, coach Tim Carroll, Michael Holliday and coach Joe Mowen.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.