Today in history for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012


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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2012. There are 27 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Droves of live hogs and wagons loaded with dressed hogs arearriving in this city in large numbers. We believe our dealers are paying higher pricesthan any town in this region.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Clamor is growing for a street railway between Rock Island andDavenport, as travelers between the two cities are forced to pay Hackman 50 cents to adollar per trip.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Illinois and Mississippi canal has been closed for the season.A total of 1,351 boats passed through the channel this year.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Miss Virginia Ramser presided as Christmas queen at a parade ledby Santa Claus. Downtown streets were jammed with spectators.
1962 -- 50 years ago: A three record album of Handel's "Messiah" by the HandelOratorio Society of Augustana College will be ready for pre-Christmas delivery, it wasannounced today by Donald A Roos, director of public events at the college. Twinperformances of the Oratorio, to be given on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon inCentennial Hall, will be taped by Delta Records of Chicago.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Swishing halfcourt shots for cash isn't new to Sherrard's NealGauley. The 28-year-old former Sherrard High School player once made a halfcourterat a junior high game that was worth $10. At Thursday's Quad City Thunder game inMoline's Wharton Field House, Gauley struck again. He nailed another from halfcourtfor another 10 bill. This time, though, the bills were $1,000 denominations.

















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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