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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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