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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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