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 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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