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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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