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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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