Day in history for February 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We hear it said that the overseer of the poor has purchased the property known as the Wells place near Rock River for a pauper farm.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ice dealers at Milan are doing an active business. Mr. Butler has been cutting about twenty cars a day. He will receive $3.50 per ton delivered in St. Louis.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``The Denver Express'' was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The International Harvester Company held its formal opening today of its new motor truck and coach sales and service branch erected in Davenport at a cost of $200,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There's more trouble in store for the Davenport city council. A group of about 30 merchants in the 400 block on West Second Street completed arrangements to petition the aldermen for some kind of relief in the form of protection against pigeons and other birds who have been defacing their buildings and causing considerable damage.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The local police department and a state game warden have been investigating the sighting of what Prophetstown residents have been calling ``Bigfoot.'' The animal sighted is not half-man, half-beast, but a cat like animal with a flat face, long tail and large, pointed ears. The two-foot tall gray animal was seen in southeast Prophetstown on railroad tracks just south of Woodlawn Drive.

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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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