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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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