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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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