Today in history for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2012, 1:00 am
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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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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