Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013


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Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 10:51 pm
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Today is Thursday, Feb. 7th, the 38th day of 2013. There are 327 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The Rescue fire engine house has been repaired with some improvements that make it better than before the fire. We hope no engine will ever freeze up again and its own house burn down because the engine won't work.
1888 — 125 years ago: Enrollment figures of the Rock Island Public School system show a total registration of 1,927 pupils.
1913 — 100 years ago: The Rev. I. O. Nothstein, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, last night led the service commemorating the church's 25th anniversary.
1938 — 75 years ago: Harvey Firestone, pioneer tire manufacturer, who built his company from 17 to 20,000 workers, died in Florida today of coronary thrombosis.
1963 — 50 years ago: Larry True, 2016 34th St., Rock Island, bowled a 746 actual series last night in the Farmall Wednesday Night League at Highland Park Bowl, Moline.True, who had an average of 160 before last night, bowled games of 277, 202 and 267to post the unusual total. He is employed in Dept. 27, the toolroom, at Farmall Works, International Harvester Co., and has been bowling for six years.
1988 — 25 years ago: Clearing trees from along the Hennepin Canal has begun on the east end of Vandruff's Island in Milan, as part of the state's canal-restoration program. The $259,000 project in the Milan area is part of the total $900,000 Build Illinois funded program planned for the 96-lineal-mile canal parkway.



















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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