Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013


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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2013. There are 328 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The most magnificent sight of the season could be witnessed lastnight on the ice above the bridge where more than 100 young men and half as manyyoung women in gray dresses, were skimming over the clear ice on skates.
1888 -- 125 years ago: A railroad freight war being conducted by major western railroadsis expected to have a beneficial effect on Rock Island.
1913 -- 100 years ago: E. E. Ryden, student at Augustana College, has been electedpresident of the Augustana Chess Club.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Watching a power lineman, Frank Willhite, of Milan, repair a4,800 volt line "while it was hot" was an unplanned feature of the state conference of theInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers today in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. Thedefective insulator above 19th Street was on the same level as the conference floor.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Emil G. VanVooren, 1845 5th St., Moline, a 25-year employee atthe Moline Post Office, today was named assistant postmaster.
1988 -- 25 years ago: For the seniors in the Moline basketball program, it has been a longand sometimes frustrating four years of waiting. They'll have to wait no longer, as theMaroons beat Rock Island 59-53 before more than 5,000 fans in a noisy, hot WhartonField House on Friday night. During the past four basketball seasons, this group of Moline seniors had never defeated a Rock Island team. That was, until last night.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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