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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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