Today in history for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012


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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2012. There are 20 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: It seems to us some good man could make a living by puttingup a temporary shanty on the ice above the railroad bridge and keeping the snow off theice, in shape for skating and providing a fire and refreshments for his customers.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Arden Benedict will appear at the Harper Theater tonightin "Monte Cristo."
1912 -- 100 years ago: Will Robb, of Rock Island, has been re-elected editor of theAugustana Observer, the students' weekly publication.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Storms the weather bureau termed as the worst on recordswept the entire Pacific Coast from Mexico to the Aleutian Islands today.
1962 -- 50 years ago: An estimate on damage, most of it as the result of smoke, stillis pending in the follow-up investigation of an overheated furnace that yesterdayafternoon forced the temporary closing of the Zayre Department Store and EagleFood Market at 3900 11th St., Rock Island.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Visitors to Deere & Co.'s 150th anniversary exhibit have until Jan.4 to view its historical holdings. The exhibit, located at the company's AdministrationCenter on John Deere Road, Moline, is arranged as a self-guided tour of the history offarm mechanization in America.

















 



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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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