Day in history for February 13, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Arrangements are being made to make the Firemen's Ball the treat of the season.

1882 -- 125 years ago
There is a rumor to the effect that the winter of 1838 was similar to the present season. At that time the river did not close until Feb. 13.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Bids for the new viaduct across Sylvan slough ranged from $109,000 to $130,000.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Marie Dressler, chosen as the best actress last year, is starring in ''Emma'' at the Fort Theater starting tomorrow.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The City of Rock Island figures prominently in the Illinois Civil Defense 1955-56 biennial report transmitted to Gov. William G. Stratton and made public today by Gen. Robert M. Woodward, state CD Director. The report indicates an increase in strategic importance of Illinois as a prime enemy target since five Illinois cities, including Rock Island, are designated as critical target cities by federal authorities.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Dr. Harold Jersild, Moline, has been appointed to the Centennial Fund Nations Executive Committee of Dana College, Blair, Neb. Jersild, a Dana alumnus, is president of Moline Orthopedic Associates. As a member of the National Executive Committee, he will participate in a three-year fundraising drive with a $6 million goal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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