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: 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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