Day in history for February 6, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The snow has all melted and the streets are witnesses to the dissolving power of Old Sol and rain.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Burlington Railroad roundhouse building in Rock Island is being pushed as fast as the weather permits.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The first annual Ladies Night was observed last night by the Rock Island Lodge of Elks.

1932 -- 75 years ago
One of the sharpest fights of the past few years was held last night over the proposed water rate reduction at the city council meeting. Aldermen finally voted 7 to 6 to defer action on the issue to the incoming council this spring.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Mayor Carl F. Bauer today proclaimed the week beginning today and ending Tuesday as Boy Scout Week. The proclamation pointed out that Friday is the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, chartered by the Congress of the United States as a program for all the boys of America.

1982 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester Co. will stop production of tractors at Farmall Plant in Rock Island for two months beginning March 8. The company said 1,500 employees will be laid off during the period. About 300 hourly workers will remain. Those workers will produce spare parts for implement dealers and parts used in other IH factories.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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