Today in history for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012


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Today is Monday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2012. There are 28 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: New party names have been adopted in Missouri viz: Charcoals,the blackest abolitionists; claybanks, about half and half; and chockolates, semi-secesh.
1887 -- 125 years ago: A Rock Island branch of the Armour Packing Company hasopened a store at 1919 2nd Ave. despite protests of Rock Island butchers.
1912 -- 100 years ago: A memorial service for the late Judge W. H. Gest was conductedtoday by the bar associations of Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and Whiteside counties.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Richard Hainline, Richard Langhinrichs and Carl Welch won allthree prizes for Rock Island High School in an oratorical contest with Moline and EastMoline schools.
1962 -- 50 years ago: The 125 John Deere dealers who played big roles in helping Deereand Co. set an all-time company record in dollar volume for tractor sales during its 125thanniversary year will arrive in Moline late today on a trip honoring them for their 1962sales efforts.
1987 -- 25 years ago: The first Sunday in December has come to be a special time forQuad-Citians. That's when three historic homes in Moline, all former private residences,are decorated for the Christmas holidays and opened to the public. This year the Butterworth Center, the Deere-Wiman House and the Rock IslandCounty Historical House all will be open from noon to 5 p.m.















 



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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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