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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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