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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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