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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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