Day in history for March 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The public demands a good line of daily coaches to Peru, immediately. Scarcely a day passes but passengers land here from the boats, intending to take the Rock Island route to the East, and are obliged to go to Rockford because they can find no conveyance to Peru.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Enrollment in Rock Island public schools for the month ending March 29 totaled 1,789 according to Supt. Everett.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Manager Donnelly added Frank Schlieberg, Milwaukee, a pitcher, Charles Schmidt, Arkansas, a catcher, and Edward Powers, Cairo, an outfielder, to the Rock Island baseball team.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William R. Carse, Rock Island, was re-elected to his third term as president of the Illinois State Bottlers' Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College received $309,332 of the estate of Frank A. Larson, wealthy Chicago publisher. Larson, who was publisher of the Swedish-American Tribune, died in 1951 at the age of 79, leaving two wills. One will gave the bulk of his million-dollar estate to Augustana College. The other left most to a brother and a housekeeper and excluded Augustana.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Woodhull Non-Partisan Women's Christian Temperance Union is making plans to build a new Clover Twp. library. The group recently announced the purchase of a lot for the library at E. 4th Ave. and N. Division St., Woodhull.

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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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