Today in history for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012


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Today is Monday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2012. There are 28 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: New party names have been adopted in Missouri viz: Charcoals,the blackest abolitionists; claybanks, about half and half; and chockolates, semi-secesh.
1887 -- 125 years ago: A Rock Island branch of the Armour Packing Company hasopened a store at 1919 2nd Ave. despite protests of Rock Island butchers.
1912 -- 100 years ago: A memorial service for the late Judge W. H. Gest was conductedtoday by the bar associations of Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and Whiteside counties.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Richard Hainline, Richard Langhinrichs and Carl Welch won allthree prizes for Rock Island High School in an oratorical contest with Moline and EastMoline schools.
1962 -- 50 years ago: The 125 John Deere dealers who played big roles in helping Deereand Co. set an all-time company record in dollar volume for tractor sales during its 125thanniversary year will arrive in Moline late today on a trip honoring them for their 1962sales efforts.
1987 -- 25 years ago: The first Sunday in December has come to be a special time forQuad-Citians. That's when three historic homes in Moline, all former private residences,are decorated for the Christmas holidays and opened to the public. This year the Butterworth Center, the Deere-Wiman House and the Rock IslandCounty Historical House all will be open from noon to 5 p.m.















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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