Today in history for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 6:00 am
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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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  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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