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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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