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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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