Day in history for February 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Considering the calendar, residents of Rock Island today were considering themselves fortunate. A breeze from the south kept the temperature agreeable.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Plans were made by the Phoenix Hose Co. to award George Alter a medal for his record of being first at the hose house the greatest number of times in the last six months.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A license to incorporate was issued to the Rock Island Tool Co. Incorporators are Frank G. Young, C.J. Larkin and C.E. Shields.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's division of United States Naval Reserves has prepared for mobilization for war service on two hour's notice in case of emergency, Lt. Karl E. Madden commanding officer, announced today.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County mothers collected more than $10,000 in their annual Mother's March on Polio. The figure is higher than reported the day after last year's drive and is expected to exceed last year's total of $11,000, when all reports have been received.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Mary Rodewald, division director for science, mathematics and engineering at Black Hawk College, is one of 100 women in management chosen nationwide for a leadership training program sponsored by Maricopa Community Colleges of Phoenix, Ariz.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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