Today in history for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2012, 1:00 am
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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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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