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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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