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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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