Day in history for February 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A company of engineers under the direction of Mr. Brayten is engaged in making a preliminary survey of the Island of Rock Island, and of the Mississippi River, preparatory to locating the site of a bridge.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Capt. Ben Conger of the Diamond Jo was telling many friends here of a new boat under construction for this line at Dubuque. He claims it will be the finest stern wheel boat ever seen on the upper river.

1903 -- 100 years ago
F.C. Denkmann and H.H. Cleaveland were home from a trip taken to the northern lumber region.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Justice Floyd E. Thompson, Rock Island, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor of Illinois.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Mary Baker, proprietor of Baker Furniture Co., 1615 5th Ave., Moline, announced her retirement and simultaneously the end of the oldest retail furniture firm in Moline. Together with her husband, Samuel J. Baker, who died May 27, 1948, she started the business in a small shop on 3rd Ave., Moline, 41 years ago. Since his death, she has been the sole owner and one of the few women heading commercial concerns in the city.

1978 -- 25 years ago
William F. Williams, Davenport, and Barton J. Toohey, formerly of Davenport, have received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal of the U.S. Army Armament Material Readiness Command (ARRCOM) at the Rock Island Arsenal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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