Posted Online: Oct. 12, 2012, 5:00 am
Today in history for Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2012
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Today is Friday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2012. There are 80 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: We are indebted to John Rhodenbaugh for fine specimens of very large apples from his orchard near Richland Grove.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Electric companies are bidding $100 down to $69 per year per pole for street illumination. The total cost would be about $6,300.
1912 -- 100 years ago: Hundreds of members of the Odd Fellow Lodge attended cornerstone laying ceremonies for their new building in Rock Island yesterday.
1937 -- 75 years ago: A split in the ranks of the Central Townsend Club developed last night, and the president and part of the members withdrew to form the General Welfare Forum.
1962 -- 50 years ago: A new super record and sound equipment center will be opened in Rock Island about Nov. 1 by Van Goor Record Shops Inc. It was announced jointly today by Ed Van Goor, form owner, and Hyman Goldman, president of Hyman's Furniture Store Inc, owner of the building at 1715 2nd Ave.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. put its machinery to use for a community-minded grading project at Northeast Park, East Moline, that will mean a permanent home for the city's soccer players. "We've been trying for a good number of years to get a soccer field graded," Mr. Standaert said. "Deere deserves a lot of credit for this." Deere's help saved the city about $20,000 in contracting costs for the field.