Posted Online: Dec. 03, 2012, 6:00 am

Today in history for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

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Today is Monday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2012. There are 28 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: New party names have been adopted in Missouri viz: Charcoals,the blackest abolitionists; claybanks, about half and half; and chockolates, semi-secesh.
1887 -- 125 years ago: A Rock Island branch of the Armour Packing Company hasopened a store at 1919 2nd Ave. despite protests of Rock Island butchers.
1912 -- 100 years ago: A memorial service for the late Judge W. H. Gest was conductedtoday by the bar associations of Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and Whiteside counties.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Richard Hainline, Richard Langhinrichs and Carl Welch won allthree prizes for Rock Island High School in an oratorical contest with Moline and EastMoline schools.
1962 -- 50 years ago: The 125 John Deere dealers who played big roles in helping Deereand Co. set an all-time company record in dollar volume for tractor sales during its 125thanniversary year will arrive in Moline late today on a trip honoring them for their 1962sales efforts.
1987 -- 25 years ago: The first Sunday in December has come to be a special time forQuad-Citians. That's when three historic homes in Moline, all former private residences,are decorated for the Christmas holidays and opened to the public. This year the Butterworth Center, the Deere-Wiman House and the Rock IslandCounty Historical House all will be open from noon to 5 p.m.