Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2012, 5:10 am

Today in history for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 11, the 285th day of 2012. There are 81 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: The person who took about half a fine myrtle plant from the front yard of a house in this city had better not exhibit it very publicly, for it will be recognized and the thief exposed.

1887 -- 125 years ago: An ordinance establishing a department of health in Rock Island was adopted by the city council at a special meeting last night by a vote of 10 to 2.

1912 -- 100 years ago: Augustana's campaign to raise $40,000 has been accomplished and the college will receive $40,000 additional from the Ericson estate.

1937 -- 75 years ago: L.B. Wilson has been elected president of the State Bank of Rock Island to succeed I.S. White.

1962 -- 50 years ago: 5,400 Rock Island county residents yesterday attended make-up clinics for Sabin oral polio vaccine immunization.

1987 -- 25 years ago: Ornithologist Pete Petersen will teach "Feeding the Birds" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Duck Creek Lodge, sponsored by the Davenport Park and Recreation Department. The program will acquaint participants with the various types of feeders and feed available and will suggest ways to attract birds.