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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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