Today in history for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012


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Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2012. There are 21 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: The Mississippi River still is open today, and the ferry boats aremaking a few trips each day. We have had very little cold weather yet.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Wyrich's bus operating between Rock Island and Davenport hasbeen stopped by Arsenal authorities. Wyrich plans to take the case to the Secretary ofWar for a final decision.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Tri-City Federation of Labor is discussing plans forunionization of farm workers.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Shores of the Upper Mississippi River are resounding with thering of the woodman's ax as the Rock Island District of United States engineers begindevelopment of a 9-foot channel operation.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Placing 20 speakers in the top five places in various contests, RockIsland High School won the area speech contest held Saturday at Rock Island.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Bob Plasschaert, of Milan, has been presented the Silver Beaveraward, the highest adult honor in the six-county Illowa Council, Boy Scouts of America.During the past 30 years, Mr. Plasschaert has served as a cubmaster, scoutmaster anddistrict commissioner, and he is a scouting coordinator.















 



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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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