Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2012, 1:00 am

Today in history for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, the 348th day of 2012. There are 18 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society of Preemption will hold afestival at Trinity Episcopal Church, near that place on Dec. 17. All persons interested inthe welfare of our soldiers are invited to attend.
1887 — 125 years ago: Since the first of the year, a quarter of a million dollars has beenexpended for new construction in Rock Island.
1912 — 100 years ago: Official action is being taken today by Rock Island voters on thequestion of granting a franchise to the Tri-City Home Automatic Telephone Company.
1937 — 75 years ago: Miss Victory Pearson of Moline, an Augustana sophomore, hasbeen chosen the outstanding woman debater in a 10-college tournament.
1962 — 50 years ago: About 300 members of Rock Island High School Glee Clubs willpresent their annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m., Dec. 2, in the high school auditorium."Christmas Around the World" will be the theme of the concert.
1987 — 25 years ago: The menu, the prices and even parts of the building have allchanged face over the years, but the focus and drive that led Fern Poston to open HastyTasty's doors 50 years ago remains vivid today. "Pride in the family business, pridein the family name — that's what it's all about," Galen Starkweather Jr., Mrs. Poston's grandson, said. It is this pride that keeps a family business going and going, he said."You've got to be proud of what you're doing," brother Tom Starkweather echoes.