Today in history for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2012


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Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2012, 1:00 am
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2012. There are 37 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: On Sunday night some scoundrel, who ought to have a rope around his neck, set fire to a lot of hay stacks belonging to William McEnery of Zuma and burned 200 tons of hay worth some $1,500.
1887 — 125 years ago: The Rev. G. W. Gue has returned to his duties at the First Methodist Church after attending conventions in New York City and Philadelphia.
1912 — 100 years ago: The Central Union Telephone Company is planning to erect a newhome on 18th St. at a cost of $40,000.
1937 — 75 years ago: Henry Ford in an interview today said that the "present businessrecession is not a setback, just a pause before another claim to prosperity."
1962 — 50 years ago: Moline firemen this morning cautioned city residents to exercisecaution while burning leaves and rubbish. The warning came after firemen toiled toextinguish six grass and brush fires in Moline during a three-hour period yesterday afternoon.
1987 — 25 years ago: Skaters visiting Moline's Riverside Park this winter will get a warmer welcome than in years past, thanks to an improved, heated shelter. The shelter, which also is accessible to the handicapped, is a big improvement from the hut availableto chilly skaters in the past, said Moline Parks Superintendent Alan Efflandt.















 




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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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