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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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