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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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