Today in history for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 09, 2012, 1:00 am
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, the 344th day of 2012. There are 22 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The Turner Society of Rock Island will give a New Year's Ball at Woltman's Hall in the city Wednesday evening Dec. 31st.
1887 — 125 years ago: The Illini Social Club last night elected E. W. Hurst as president.
1912 — 100 years ago: The cornerstone of Rock Island's new Y.M.C.A. building at Twentieth Street and Fifth Avenue was laid yesterday at an appropriate ceremony.
1937 — 75 years ago: The East Moline Woman's Club today issued an appeal for funds with which to provide baskets of food and other necessities for East Moline needy families at Christmas time.
1962 — 50 years ago: An aerial bucket was used to trim with lights one of the largestChristmas trees in the Rock Island community this weekend. The twin blue spruce is at Steepmeadow Club, 15th St. and 21st Ave., Rock Island.
1987 — 25 years ago: A lack of business has forced the closing of Orwitz's Delicatessen, a fixture in downtown Rock Island for 30 years. Closing of the door was a veryemotional experience for us," said Beth Orwitz, who had run the business at 1810 3rd Ave. with her husband, Matthew.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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