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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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