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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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