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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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