Day in history for November 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Grading for the Rock Island railroad will be finished between Rock river and Geneseo in the next two weeks. The bridges at the Green and the Rock rivers are about half finished.

1878 -- 125 years ago
James J. Park has fitted up law offices for himself in the Buford building.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Henry Kramer, a longtime resident, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Norwack.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Joseph Posateri, operator of a fruit store in Rock Island 40 years, died. He was the father of a well-known boxer Mike Dundee.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Grease which became ignited behind a grill at the Midway Restaurant, 3034 5th Ave., Rock Island, touched off a blaze early Sunday morning which resulted in an estimated $26,000 loss. The fire routed an estimated 18 occupants of rooms in the adjacent Pacific Hotel, interrupted diners in the cafe and disrupted patrons of the Pacific Tavern.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Clarence ``Curly'' Owens received almost every medal a World War II flier could get from the Air Force. But he didn't get them until 33 years after the war and he didn't get them for himself. He finally asked for the medals this year for his grandson, Troy Mader, Davenport. The medals symbolize Owens' belief that, ``If you don't want to fight for your country, you don't deserve to be here.''

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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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