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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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