Day in history for February 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We learn that John Deere now is turning out 100 plows per week on a new and improved pattern.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The ladies of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church announced a waffle social to be held at the home of Mrs. T.J. Robinson tomorrow evening.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At a membership meeting of the Rock Island Club last night, the president, F.H. Head, made an address on securing new industries for this community.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The total attendance at the Rock Island auto show is expected to approximate 20,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Actress June Haver, who turned her back on movieland's tinseled brilliance today to become a nun, probably will enter a convent somewhere in Kansas. Mrs. Oscar Elmergreen, Miss Haver's great-aunt, who resides at 1926 Marquette St., Davenport, said today that the former Rock Island singer and dancer has disposed of all of her property and personal belongings and is ready to enter the religious order.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A new Quad-Cities area map has been published by Quad-City Development Group. This is the first edition that has been printed on both sides, said President Dick Weeks. The back side includes a listing of points of interest, an area map of Scott and Rock Island counties with industrial parks shown, and a detailed map of Rock Island Arsenal.

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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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