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: 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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