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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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