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: 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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