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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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