Today in history for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012


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Today is Friday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2012. There are 24 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The Methodist ladies will serve the very best oysters and other refreshments at Island City Hall this evening, for the benefit of the church. Admission is 10 cents.
1887 — 125 years ago: Fred Head has moved to Rock Island. He has acquired a large block of stock in the Rock Island Plow company and has become treasurer of the concern.
1912 — 100 years ago: Directors of the Rock Island Exposition company have abandoned plans for an exposition next fall.
1937 — 75 years ago: Teachers' desks in the new Rock Island High School building were looted of cash last night after burglars failed in attempts to crack open a safe.
1962 — 50 years ago: Approximately 90 persons, a near record number, last night protested a proposed shopping center and apartment development scheduled for the southwest corner of 30th Street and 31st Avenue, Rock Island, adjacent to Eugene Field School.The protests were voiced at a meeting of the Rock Island Planning Commission in the City Hall.
1987 — 25 years ago: Efforts to balance the federal budget hit the Quad-Cities today when officials at Rock Island Arsenal announced a hiring freeze that remains in effectuntil further notice. The moratorium on new employees, which began Monday, will keep the work force on the Arsenal and at the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command (AMCCOM) at about 9,000.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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