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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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