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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