Today in history for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012


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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2012. There are 27 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: Droves of live hogs and wagons loaded with dressed hogs arearriving in this city in large numbers. We believe our dealers are paying higher pricesthan any town in this region.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Clamor is growing for a street railway between Rock Island andDavenport, as travelers between the two cities are forced to pay Hackman 50 cents to adollar per trip.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Illinois and Mississippi canal has been closed for the season.A total of 1,351 boats passed through the channel this year.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Miss Virginia Ramser presided as Christmas queen at a parade ledby Santa Claus. Downtown streets were jammed with spectators.
1962 -- 50 years ago: A three record album of Handel's "Messiah" by the HandelOratorio Society of Augustana College will be ready for pre-Christmas delivery, it wasannounced today by Donald A Roos, director of public events at the college. Twinperformances of the Oratorio, to be given on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon inCentennial Hall, will be taped by Delta Records of Chicago.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Swishing halfcourt shots for cash isn't new to Sherrard's NealGauley. The 28-year-old former Sherrard High School player once made a halfcourterat a junior high game that was worth $10. At Thursday's Quad City Thunder game inMoline's Wharton Field House, Gauley struck again. He nailed another from halfcourtfor another 10 bill. This time, though, the bills were $1,000 denominations.

















 



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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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