Day in history for January 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
William Van Tulle has been appointed postmaster at Davenport, replacing D.C. Eldridge who resigned.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Deacon Hawes presided over a meeting of citizens Saturday night at the courthouse when ways and means of helping victims of hard times were discussed.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The directors of the Three-I baseball league were in session this afternoon at the Harper House.

1928 -- 75 years ago
John M. Colligan, 53, managing editor of The Argus, died this afternoon at St. Anthony's Hospital after an illness of two years. He was an employee of The Argus for 39 years.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Duane McLaughlin and Carolee Mueller were the big winners in Rock Island's annual city skating meet held at Long View Park. The event, co-sponsored by the city and the Rock Island Optimist Club, drew an estimated 250 skaters and several hundred spectators.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Friday the 13th proved an unlucky day for a rural Geneseo family and for a lot of worms. A late morning blaze destroyed most of Gary and Shirley Miller's possessions as well as their rented house on U.S. 6. The fire also fried between 40,000 and 50,000 earth-grubbing critters being raised by Miller in his garage. Electrical heating tapes around the worm-growing bins apparently shorted and sparked the fire.

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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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