Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013


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Today is Thursday, Feb. 7th, the 38th day of 2013. There are 327 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The Rescue fire engine house has been repaired with some improvements that make it better than before the fire. We hope no engine will ever freeze up again and its own house burn down because the engine won't work.
1888 — 125 years ago: Enrollment figures of the Rock Island Public School system show a total registration of 1,927 pupils.
1913 — 100 years ago: The Rev. I. O. Nothstein, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, last night led the service commemorating the church's 25th anniversary.
1938 — 75 years ago: Harvey Firestone, pioneer tire manufacturer, who built his company from 17 to 20,000 workers, died in Florida today of coronary thrombosis.
1963 — 50 years ago: Larry True, 2016 34th St., Rock Island, bowled a 746 actual series last night in the Farmall Wednesday Night League at Highland Park Bowl, Moline.True, who had an average of 160 before last night, bowled games of 277, 202 and 267to post the unusual total. He is employed in Dept. 27, the toolroom, at Farmall Works, International Harvester Co., and has been bowling for six years.
1988 — 25 years ago: Clearing trees from along the Hennepin Canal has begun on the east end of Vandruff's Island in Milan, as part of the state's canal-restoration program. The $259,000 project in the Milan area is part of the total $900,000 Build Illinois funded program planned for the 96-lineal-mile canal parkway.

















 



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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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