Today in history for Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012


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Today is Saturday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2012. There are 2 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: Matthew Lannan presented us with an eggs-traordinary Christmasgift, in the shape of a hen's egg laid by one of his hens and measuring eight inchesaround one way and six the other. The hen is alive. Let her cackle.
1887 — 125 years ago: The Moline and Rock Island horse railway fought snow for fourhours this morning before operations could begin on the line. The thermometer droppedto 12 below zero during a blizzard.
1912 — 100 years ago: Three hundred persons last night attended a session of the RockIsland County Masters' Club of Trio Lodge, AF&AM.
1937 — 75 years ago: Bus service to the new Rock Island senior high school will bestarted Monday on a trial basis by the Tri-City Railway Company.
1962 — 50 years ago: The Floyd Odell residence, at 3116 26th St., Moline, won first placein the beauty division of the Moline Christmas lighting contest this year. Other first placewinners were the George M. Wells residence, 2521 30th St., for originality, and the JackA. Butter residence, 4320 28th Ave., for symbolism.
1987 — 25 years ago: What went around came around. Countless families who lastChristmas weathered the Deere & Co. strike-lockout with the help of Salvation Armydonations, this holiday repaid their fellow Quad-Citians. They donated their time,money and letters of support to the Salvation Army Christmas Drive, topping the Moline$85,000 goal with the $88,250 received as of Monday. Money was still coming inthrough the mail and drop-offs Tuesday morning, officials said.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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