Today in history for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012


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Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, the 348th day of 2012. There are 18 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society of Preemption will hold afestival at Trinity Episcopal Church, near that place on Dec. 17. All persons interested inthe welfare of our soldiers are invited to attend.
1887 — 125 years ago: Since the first of the year, a quarter of a million dollars has beenexpended for new construction in Rock Island.
1912 — 100 years ago: Official action is being taken today by Rock Island voters on thequestion of granting a franchise to the Tri-City Home Automatic Telephone Company.
1937 — 75 years ago: Miss Victory Pearson of Moline, an Augustana sophomore, hasbeen chosen the outstanding woman debater in a 10-college tournament.
1962 — 50 years ago: About 300 members of Rock Island High School Glee Clubs willpresent their annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m., Dec. 2, in the high school auditorium."Christmas Around the World" will be the theme of the concert.
1987 — 25 years ago: The menu, the prices and even parts of the building have allchanged face over the years, but the focus and drive that led Fern Poston to open HastyTasty's doors 50 years ago remains vivid today. "Pride in the family business, pridein the family name — that's what it's all about," Galen Starkweather Jr., Mrs. Poston's grandson, said. It is this pride that keeps a family business going and going, he said."You've got to be proud of what you're doing," brother Tom Starkweather echoes.















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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