Today in history for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012


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Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 322nd day of 2012. There are 44 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: Capt. Galt, who had one leg horribly fractured in three places by jumping from a steamboat, is still lying in great pain at the Island City Hotel.
1887 — 125 years ago: The new ice house on Moline Avenue has been completed, andthere are four sheds which have a storage capacity of 2,000 tons each.
1912 — 100 years ago: Banks of Rock Island County are opposing a scheduled electionfor County Judge on grounds that the County has insufficient funds.
1937 — 75 years ago: James F. Witter has been elected head of the Rock Island Kiwanis Club.
1962 — 50 years ago: An audience estimated by school officials as more than a thousand
last night attended the Rock Island High School Dramatic Club play, "The MiracleWorker," held in the school auditorium. Reaction after the play indicated that it was oneof the best efforts by the club, with one official saying it was the best play in years. Thecrowd also was one of the best for many years.
1987 — 25 years ago: Servus Rubber Co. workers approved a three-year contract Sunday for more supplemental pay and a preferred insurance plan. Workers approved thecontract by a 175-105 vote only hours before their contract expired at midnight according to Donna Crull, president of United Rubber Workers Local 215.















 




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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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