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Today in history for Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2012, 12:00 am
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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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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