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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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