Today in history for Wednesday, Dec. 5


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Posted Online: Dec. 04, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2012. There are 26 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Men are engaged in cutting up the old wreck of the Grey Eagle.We hope it will all be removed before the river closes for the winter.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Charles Dickens, son of the English novelist of that name, willvisit Moline soon after Christmas to see the grave of his brother, Francis Jeffrey Dickens,who is buried in Riverside Cemetery.
1912 -- 100 years ago: Robert G. Hudson was named senior warden and R. H. Dart,junior warden, in last night's election for Trinity Episcopal parish.
1937 -- 75 years ago: A high school popularity contest has been won by Miss ShirleyHallgren and Richard Hainline.
1962 -- 50 years ago: The Moline City Council voted last night to have free parking indowntown Moline on Dec. 21, 22 and 24, and heard a letter of rebuttal against criticalcomments made about the retail division of the Association of Commerce last week.
1987 -- 25 years ago: More Moline High School students think their friends are usingdrugs or alcohol than the number of students actually admitting use, according to results
of a survey on drug use and student attitudes taken last month.

















 



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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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