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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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