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: 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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