Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 10:51 pm
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.