Day in history for February 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We notice by the last issue of the Advertiser that ``the flourishing towns of Moline and Camden (Milan) are to be absorbed.'' Are they really? What a pity!

1878 -- 125 years ago
Thus far this season, J.S. Gilmore has packed 5,000 hogs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Jackson, Hurst And Stafford, acting for the Rock Island Road, will this week begin closing up the options on the property at Pleasant Valley that the company proposes occupying.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Miss Ruby S. Miller, Moline, became Rock Island County's first woman attorney when she was admitted to the Illinois bar by the Illinois Supreme Court.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire destroyed equipment and burned out the interior of the Kautz Bakery building in the heart of Muscatine's business district. Ray Kautz Jr., manager of the bakery, estimated damage at nearly $200,000. Authorities describe the blaze as ``one of the worst'' in Muscatine history.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Skyrocketing utility bills have forced the Moline school district to cut back on building maintenance and seek up to $400,000 for repairs that can't wait any longer. Twenty-eight of its 36 schools have leaky roofs, many need new paint, and repair costs are expected to total between $300,000 and $400,000, according to Clifford Quick, chairman of the school board's building and grounds committee.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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