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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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