Today in history for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012


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Today is Saturday, Dec. 8, the 343rd day of 2012. There are 23 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: We learn from Mr. Kimball that his sales of wagons this fall have greatly exceeded his expectations, and that he cannot find men enough to manufacture them as fast as they are wanted.
1887 — 125 years ago: Henry Bostock of Rock Island was elected president of the Knights of Labor organization in Hilliers Hall.
1912 — 100 years ago: The last obstacles have been removed for the 38th Street paving project with the signing of property settlements.
1937 — 75 years ago: Rock Island County auto sales have broken all records with 4,225 new cars sold in the first 11 months of 1937.
1962 — 50 years ago: Fredrick G. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Davis, 2408 16th Ave., Moline, has been awarded a $250 fellowship by the newly founded Student Research Program at San Jose State College, San Jose, California.
1987 — 25 years ago: Two new businesses have located in Moline's Entrprise Centre,but the original tenant — Dorothy's Sewing Room — has left, city officials said Tuesday. Industrial Tool Technology (ITT), an industrial drill reconditioner, has moved intothe manufacturing center in Riverview Business Park, 2500 River Drive. DataMated Systems, Inc., a microcomputer maintenance company, which also has designed a computerized telemarketing system, has joined in the office center.















 



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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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