Day in history for February 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We have learned that next spring upwards of 300 families intend to leave the city for other parts. We venture that every one of them are working people and that high rents and high prices are driving them away.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Henry Ward Beecher, the noted minister and lecturer, will deliver a lecture in this city during the month.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Robert Smythe returned this morning from Chicago where he attended the auto show. He said he is enthusiastic about the future of automobiling.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Harry J. Larkin, Rock Island, secretary and manager of the Rock Island Sand And Gravel Co., was elected president of the Quad-City Builders Club last night. Curt Lundeen, Moline, was named vice president.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Response to the first telefilm of a local basketball game over WHBF-TV has been good, according to station officials. A team of 14 men filmed the Rock Island-Alleman game, which started about 8:35 p.m. Saturday. The film was shown over the Rock Island station at 11 p.m.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Thirty skunks, seven bats, three cats, two foxes and one dog were found to have rabies in Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside and Mercer Counties in 1981, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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