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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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