Today in history for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012


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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: For six years we have not seen so many happy faces on our streets
as we saw last Saturday after the total vote showed the Democratic state ticket was
elected by a 20,000 majority.
1887 — 125 years ago: The first vestibule car train of the Rock Island Lines passedthrough Rock Island today. The train had 11 of the new type cars.
1912 — 100 years ago: Twenty persons attended the first session of Rock Island's public
night school last night at Rock Island High School.
1937 — 75 years ago: Seventeen Moline students are ill of scarlet fever.
1962 — 50 years ago: A new supersectional Quad-City postal operation, with its center in
Rock Island, will go into operation on a limited basis Monday. The Argus learned today that the Rock Island Post Office will become the focal point for all mail handling in thegreater Quad-City region extending to an approximate radius of 50 miles and including63 post offices. Among the major post offices involved are Davenport, Moline, East Moline, Muscatine, Tipton and Silvis.
1987 — 25 years ago: An unplanned vacation ended today for about 9,500 Rock Island Arsenal employees sent home Thursday after a water main break shut off service to the island.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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