Today in history for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012


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Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 6:00 am
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Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2012. There are 21 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: The Mississippi River still is open today, and the ferry boats aremaking a few trips each day. We have had very little cold weather yet.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Wyrich's bus operating between Rock Island and Davenport hasbeen stopped by Arsenal authorities. Wyrich plans to take the case to the Secretary ofWar for a final decision.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Tri-City Federation of Labor is discussing plans forunionization of farm workers.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Shores of the Upper Mississippi River are resounding with thering of the woodman's ax as the Rock Island District of United States engineers begindevelopment of a 9-foot channel operation.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Placing 20 speakers in the top five places in various contests, RockIsland High School won the area speech contest held Saturday at Rock Island.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Bob Plasschaert, of Milan, has been presented the Silver Beaveraward, the highest adult honor in the six-county Illowa Council, Boy Scouts of America.During the past 30 years, Mr. Plasschaert has served as a cubmaster, scoutmaster anddistrict commissioner, and he is a scouting coordinator.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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