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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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