Day in history for February 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The notice of Messrs. Negus And Lee, in our advertising columns, is inserted and paid for as an advertisement, and we are in no way responsible for what it promises.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Johnson was offering for sale the barbering outfit lately occupied by E. Smith at 4th Ave. and 18th St., Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was reported that the workingman's party favored the election of any of the following for mayor: Ben Harper, B.D. Buford, S.D. Stoddar, Ald. Woods, Ald. Lundy or ``anyone else who has a possible chance of election.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Atty. William B. Schroeder was nominated for office of exalted ruler of Rock Island Lodge, No. 980, Elks.

1953 -- 50 years ago
It was a toss-up whether school authorities or the parents of a 12-year-old Rock Island boy were startled the most upon learning the boy has played hooky from school for the past six months. The boy went to school four days last September and told officials there he was transferring to another school. He was taken off the roll at that school. He never entered the other.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The 3M Company's Industrial Pollution Control Program at its two manufacturing plants in Cordova has been nominated for an ``Achievement Award'' by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The 3M program is one of five to be nominated for the annual award.

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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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