Day in history for February 6, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Though full of floating ice, the river is not yet closed. The ferry boat continues to make her regular trips.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Notices are posted for the election of a chief engineer for the Rock Island Fire Department to succeed James Johnson.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dr. E.F. Bartholomew of Augustana College returned last evening from Urbana where he attended the opening of the graduate school of the University of Illinois.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Attempts by the new union of Progressive Miners of America to compel operators of all mines in Rock Island and Henry Counties to recognize their organization today resulted in the closing of the Valley View and Sunshine coal mines near Coal Valley.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An eye removal kit and the transportable vault for use in eye transplant operations in this area will be purchased as a memorial to Robert E. Rote by the Rock Island Lions Club.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Auto, bus and truck service garages throughout the nation may look to a Moline firm the next time they go shopping for exhaust eliminating systems. The firm, Monoxivent Systems Inc., was created Jan. 3 after Moline businessman John Sandberg acquired the Monoxivent Division of Kent-Moore Corp., Warren, Mich. The company's office is at 1852 16th St.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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