Day in history for February 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The dwelling house of Samuel M. Fletcher, Preemption, was consumed by fire on Thursday. The furniture in the upper rooms was entirely destroyed. Nearly everything in the lower rooms was taken out. The loss is about $1,500.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Up-to-date, W.P. Butler of Milan had shipped 180 carloads of ice to St. Louis.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A plan of paving 14th Avenue, Rock Island, was approved at a meeting of the Bluff Improvement Association.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mill Creek early this morning went on a rampage and flooded the west end of Milan. Fire sirens warned the populace at 4:30 a.m. that an ice gorge in the channel was causing waters to back up into streets and basements.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The East Central Business Men's Association, a new group centering on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue, Moline, was organized at a meeting in the East End Club hall. About 48 men, representing business enterprises in the area, attended the meeting. Named to the board are William Furgie Jr., Norman Thorpe, Philip Croft, Floyd Siebke, Al Gustafson, Charles Craig and Willard Johnson.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The J.C. Penney Co. unveiled plans for a new SouthPark Mall store four times larger than its present downtown Moline facility. The new 158,300 square-foot store is expected to open in the fall of 1979.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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