Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 6:00 am

Today in history for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

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Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2012. There are 21 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: The Mississippi River still is open today, and the ferry boats aremaking a few trips each day. We have had very little cold weather yet.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Wyrich's bus operating between Rock Island and Davenport hasbeen stopped by Arsenal authorities. Wyrich plans to take the case to the Secretary ofWar for a final decision.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Tri-City Federation of Labor is discussing plans forunionization of farm workers.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Shores of the Upper Mississippi River are resounding with thering of the woodman's ax as the Rock Island District of United States engineers begindevelopment of a 9-foot channel operation.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Placing 20 speakers in the top five places in various contests, RockIsland High School won the area speech contest held Saturday at Rock Island.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Bob Plasschaert, of Milan, has been presented the Silver Beaveraward, the highest adult honor in the six-county Illowa Council, Boy Scouts of America.During the past 30 years, Mr. Plasschaert has served as a cubmaster, scoutmaster anddistrict commissioner, and he is a scouting coordinator.