Day in history for February 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The result of the vote on Saturday last upon the proposition to obtain a piece of land of Judge Spencer equal in size to the public square for the purpose of leasing it to some person who would erect and keep a first-class hotel was 12 for the proposition and 169 against it.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A party, termed the ``secret brotherhood,'' was alleged to have agreed upon aldermanic candidates as follows: 1st Ward, Fred Koch; 2d Ward, M.H. McCarthy; 3rd Ward, Joseph C. Cameron; 4th Ward, Andrew Anderson; 5th ward, Joseph Hillier.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Injuries received by Joseph Frew, switch tender in the Rock Island Lines yards, proved fatal.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Moline defeated Rock Island 46-23 and won the Tri-City conference basketball title.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new electrically powered water purifier unit, developed by the Army for field use, is being tested in Moline this week along the banks of the Mississippi River directly north of the municipal waterworks.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Augustana College choir fell victim this weekend to what may have been an onslaught of the Russian flu and was forced to cancel a concert for the first time in at least a decade. The choir was scheduled to sing at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford on Sunday, but more than a third of its 73 members were home in bed.

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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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