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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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