Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2012, 6:00 am

Today in history for Saturday, Dec. 22

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Today is Saturday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2012. There are 9 days left in the year.
1862 -- 150 years ago: We are told that there is an authenticated case of small pox at thehome of Sgt. John Clark on the "sunny side" of the slough. The child is thought to havecontracted the disease in Coal Valley last week.
1887 -- 125 years ago: Coup's educated horses will be presented as the feature attractionat the Harper Theater tonight.
1912 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. and Mrs. E. W. Reed left today to reside in Springfield.He is the former pastor of First Baptist Church.
1937 -- 75 years ago: Due to action of the Illinois Supreme Court, Rock Island policemenand firemen will have their salaries increased to a minimum of from $150 to $175 permonth.
1962 -- 50 years ago: Ralph Light, 531 3rd Ave., Hampton, received a silver pass fromHarold Mahoney, Davenport trainmaster for the Milwaukee Road, yesterday morning.Light was honored for 45 years service with the railroad. He began his employment Oct.2, 1917, in the 10th St. Freight House in East Moline, where he has been employed sincethat time.
1987 -- 25 years ago: Albert Defauw, of East Moline, stacks opened boxes of applesauceat the Kelly Cottage on the Alcoa plant site in Riverdale, Iowa, Monday as part of thecompany's annual Christmas food basket campaign. This year, Alcoa employees donated$14,500 for 500 baskets, surpassing last year's collection of $48,231.