Day in history for January 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We learn that the Rock Island Bank is issuing shinplasters. The new issue is a check drawn by M.B. Osborn on the bank of Rock Island dated Nov. 1, 1852, they are said to be guaranteed by pledge of public stock worth not less than par, or by such stocks and cash, deposited with the bank.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Public Library receives valuable books from government, including three on zoology from Lt. George M. Wheeler.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Uncle Tom's Cabin is playing at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Attorney James P. Witter of Rock Island has been endorsed by the Rock Island Republican city central committee for judge of circuit court.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first baby born in Rock Island in 1953 is Jamie Dominic Nonnemann, 8-pounds 4-ounces. The boy was born at 12:35 a.m. to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nonnemann at St. Anthony's Hospital.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The practice allowing East Moline taverns to sell liquor licenses, often at a substantially higher price than charged by the city, may end under an ordinance proposed by the public works committee. When aldermen heard a license was sold recently for $12,000, they decided to change the rules. The public works committee agreed that liquor licenses should revert back to the city if a license holder decides to stop selling alcohol.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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