Day in history for February 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The proceeds of the recent fireman's ball were not enough to cover the expenses. This ought not to be so.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The members of the fire department last night elected James Johnson chief and Jacob Ohlweiler, assistant cheif.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Work in the erection of the new Zion Lutheran Church building was begun today. It is expected that the building will be ready for occupancy by July 1.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G. A. Andreen, president of Augustana College, left today for Mitchell, S.D. where he will be one of the principle speakers at the annual meeting of the South Dakota District of the Augustana Synod.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Federal Communications Commission today approved the transfer of channel 8 from Peoria to the Quad-Cities, giving this area its third very high frequency TV channel.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City unemployment rate soared to a record 14.2 percent in January. The high unemployment rate was caused by shut downs at five local factories -- John Deere Davenport Works, International Harvester Farmall and East Moline plants and J.I. Case Bettendorf and Rock Island plants -- that affected about 6,500 workers.

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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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