Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2012, 12:00 am
Today in history for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012
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Today is Monday, Dec. 17, the 352nd day of 2012. There are 14 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: A shooting match will be held near the Exchange Street Salon at2 p.m. on New Years Day. The largest, fattest and finest hog in the County, which nowweighs about 1,000 pounds, will be the prize.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island mail carriers have joined with those in Moline inseeking wage increases and have sent their requests to Congress.
1912 -- 100 years ago: Rock Island, Moline and Davenport have joined forces in acampaign to be placed on a proposed ocean-to-ocean automobile highway.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Forrest Hainline and Miss Ruth Robinson played the lead roles inthe presentation of the drama, "The Enemy" presented last night by Augustana's dramaticfraternity.
1962 -- 50 years ago: The Christmas seal "Week To Do It" was termed successful today,in that 2,033 letters were received at the office of the Rock Island County TuberculosisAssociation and $3587 was added to the 1962 campaign, bringing the total to $21,065.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Families of Vietnam veterans will gather Saturday for a Christmastree lighting and candlelight service. Nearly 1,000 people are expected for the service at6 p.m. at Davenport Memorial Park. The event is sponsored by the Mississippi ValleyChapter of VietNow. The POW-MIA-KIA (prisoners of war, missing in action, killed inaction) service is a tribute to all Vietnam veterans, organizers say. The Christmas tree,decorated by members of VietNow – a family organization for veterans – will remain litthrough Dec. 31.