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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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