Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2012, 5:23 pm

Today in history for Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 6, the 280th day of 2012. There are 86 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: There are now more than 1,000 contrabands, mostly females, children and paupers at Cairo. Smallpox has made its appearance among them and people of the place fear an epidemic.

1887 -- 125 years ago: The Elm Street Railway Company, newly organized, is seeking the right-of-way on certain Rock Island Streets.

1912 -- 100 years ago: Plans for a new street-car barn at 35h Street and 5th Avenue, Rock Island, have been submitted to the Rock Island City Council by the Tri-City Railway Company.

1937 -- 75 years ago: Dr. A. W. Taber bowled 300 for a perfect game in the Tri-City Classic league.

1962 -- 50 years ago: Action on a proposed agreement, under which the City of Moline would be permitted to use a section of land at the Quad-City Airport as a landfill garbage disposal site, was deferred yesterday by the board of commissioners of the Metropolitan Airport of Rock Island County.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Owners of property in downtown Rock Island may be asked to pay a $700,000 special service tax over two years to help the city fix downtown streets. The extra income would be about one-third of $2 million needed to resurface the streets and repair curbs and gutters. Bonds would be issued to cover the costs.