Today in history for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012


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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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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