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 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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