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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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