Today in history for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012


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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 12, the 347th day of 2012. There are 19 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: According to the new excise law a person can sell any amount of milk from his own cows, but a license is required to sell milk which has been purchased.
1887 — 125 years ago: The towers of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Rock Island are being extended.
1912 — 100 years ago: Two fashionably dressed young women created a sensation on Second Avenue as they walked along the street while smoking gold-tipped cigarettes.
1937 — 75 years ago: Rock Island councilmen are considering a plan to establish a 1-hour parking limit in the business area after the first of the year.
1962 — 50 years ago: A gift offer of nearly $124,000 by Mrs. Charles Deere Wiman, of Moline, has launched Rock Island County on the road toward ownership of McLain's Zoo, near Coal Valley.
1987 — 25 years ago: Ted Nelson doesn't mind a fight, but the long-time clerk of Rock Island's Circuit Court says he's getting too old for the battles. That's one reason the county's circuit clerk for the past 11 years won't be hanging his coat in the clerk's office Monday. His last official visit to that office was an afternoon-long open house in his honor Thursday.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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