Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013


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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2013. There are 328 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The most magnificent sight of the season could be witnessed lastnight on the ice above the bridge where more than 100 young men and half as manyyoung women in gray dresses, were skimming over the clear ice on skates.
1888 -- 125 years ago: A railroad freight war being conducted by major western railroadsis expected to have a beneficial effect on Rock Island.
1913 -- 100 years ago: E. E. Ryden, student at Augustana College, has been electedpresident of the Augustana Chess Club.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Watching a power lineman, Frank Willhite, of Milan, repair a4,800 volt line "while it was hot" was an unplanned feature of the state conference of theInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers today in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. Thedefective insulator above 19th Street was on the same level as the conference floor.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Emil G. VanVooren, 1845 5th St., Moline, a 25-year employee atthe Moline Post Office, today was named assistant postmaster.
1988 -- 25 years ago: For the seniors in the Moline basketball program, it has been a longand sometimes frustrating four years of waiting. They'll have to wait no longer, as theMaroons beat Rock Island 59-53 before more than 5,000 fans in a noisy, hot WhartonField House on Friday night. During the past four basketball seasons, this group of Moline seniors had never defeated a Rock Island team. That was, until last night.

















 



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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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