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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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