Day in history for March 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to the Steamers Luella, Minnesota and Shenandoah for St. Louis papers. An advertisement of the Minnesota will be found in our paper of this week. She will leave this place for St. Louis on Friday morning next, and hereafter during the season on Sunday morning of each week.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Murphy and his company appeared in Dart's Hall last night in ``Kerry Gow.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Democratic city township committee last night named to its executive committee the following: E.W. Hurst, J.J. LaVelle, Dr. J.P. Comegys, T.J. Medill, Charles McHugh, E.C. Berry and L.D. Mudge.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Donations to the Greater Augustana College Fund passed the half million mark with a gift of $20,000 from Edward P. Denkmann.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport firemen marked up 30 alarms over the weekend as a sure sign of spring. Twenty-three of the calls were for grass fires that had gotten out of control caused, for the most part, by sparks from burning rubbish as householders began cleaning up their yards for the season.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Each of the 12,665 votes cast in Tuesday's election probably cost Rock Island County taxpayers slightly more than $5. When the expenditures of the candidates are added to the public cost, the cost per vote will near $10, probably the most expensive election ever conducted here.

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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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