Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2012, 12:00 am
Today in history for Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2012. There are 2 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: Matthew Lannan presented us with an eggs-traordinary Christmasgift, in the shape of a hen's egg laid by one of his hens and measuring eight inchesaround one way and six the other. The hen is alive. Let her cackle.
1887 — 125 years ago: The Moline and Rock Island horse railway fought snow for fourhours this morning before operations could begin on the line. The thermometer droppedto 12 below zero during a blizzard.
1912 — 100 years ago: Three hundred persons last night attended a session of the RockIsland County Masters' Club of Trio Lodge, AF&AM.
1937 — 75 years ago: Bus service to the new Rock Island senior high school will bestarted Monday on a trial basis by the Tri-City Railway Company.
1962 — 50 years ago: The Floyd Odell residence, at 3116 26th St., Moline, won first placein the beauty division of the Moline Christmas lighting contest this year. Other first placewinners were the George M. Wells residence, 2521 30th St., for originality, and the JackA. Butter residence, 4320 28th Ave., for symbolism.
1987 — 25 years ago: What went around came around. Countless families who lastChristmas weathered the Deere & Co. strike-lockout with the help of Salvation Armydonations, this holiday repaid their fellow Quad-Citians. They donated their time,money and letters of support to the Salvation Army Christmas Drive, topping the Moline$85,000 goal with the $88,250 received as of Monday. Money was still coming inthrough the mail and drop-offs Tuesday morning, officials said.