Today in history for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 1:00 am
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Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2012. There are 45 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The steamer Denmark, of the Northern Line, was sunk at the head of Atlas Island, below Keokuk on Tuesday night.
1887 — 125 years ago: Robert Wagner has succeeded Louis Bauerfind as generalsuperintendent of the Atlantic Brewery on Moline Avenue.
1912 — 100 years ago: Work of laying the roof was started this morning at the Manual Arts Building of Rock Island High School.
1937 — 75 years ago: State's Attorney Francis C. King is planning the prosecution of 100 gambling cases.
1962 — 50 years ago: Harold A Kindig of Orion, one of the oldest veterans of World War I, was honored in his home recently during a visit by Mrs. Raymand Newmen, veterans service chairman of the Junior Woman's Club, and Mrs. Robert O'Leary. Mrs. Newmenpresented Kindig a gift from the club.
1987 — 25 years ago: There's the Miss America contest, the Miss Universe Contest. Why not a contest to honor an unsung and not-so-glamorous hero — the outhouse?Outhouses were once crude wooden shacks equipped with only a hole in the ground and a hard bench. Advanced plumbing brought them indoors and society changed theirname to "restroom." And now there's a national contest to pick the best restroom in the country's parks — and Rock Island's Director of Parks and Recreation is entering
the brick out-house at Sunset Park. Director Jack Fogel is taking all joking in stride, yet claims clean restrooms are an important part of good public relations. People will frequent a facility more often that has clean restrooms.















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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