Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 6:00 am
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.