Day in history for February 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
N.B. Buford was advertising two well broke yoke of oxen for sale. They could be seen at the Andalusia farm.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Old Settlers' Association observed the anniversary of Washington's Birthday in the Harper House. An interesting address was made by James Taylor, retiring president.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island completed and placed in successful operation a gas plant for use in the foundry. The plant does away with the coal furnaces.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Selection of Rock Island as a site for a Quad-Cities river terminal was a closed matter, Gen. T.Q. Ashburn, head of the Inland Waterways Corporation, stated.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport Park Board announced it will ``crack down'' on violators of park regulations in the future, with second offenders subject to a fine of $100. First offenders will be given a warning, after that the ``boom will be lowered.'' Park police will issue a white ticket, similar to the pink ticket so familiar to motorists.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Sally Goodwin of Silvis, harpist with the Tri-City Symphony, made her ``official'' New York recital debut Feb. 4 in Carnegie Recital Hall, and reviews published since then have been glowing in praise of her talent. The New York Chapter of the American Harp Society said of her performance: ``Sally Goodwin's Carnegie Recital Hall debut was a triumph. Her playing was brilliant.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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