Day in history for April 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A.B. Kingsbury announced the opening of a new livery stable at the rear of the Graham House in Rock Island. He advertised ``good teams always in readiness at reasonable rates. Also hacks and carriages.''

1878 -- 125 years ago
The 5:45 a.m. train on the Western Union railroad went off the track near Port Byron junction today on account of a misplaced switch. No one was injured.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a story that Mrs. Elizabeth Ferkel of this county, one of the children of the late Col. George Davenport, pioneer of this section, was consulting attorneys here and in Davenport with the idea in view of setting up a claim to part of the Davenport estate.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island voted three to one for a $380,000 bond issue to build a trans-shipment river terminal to serve the Quad-Cities district.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Plans for Rock Island's participation in ``Operation Wakeup'' April 24 will include the simulated dropping of incendiary and high explosive bombs and the supposed damaging of bridges by ``saboteurs,'' according to Illinois Civil Defense Director Robert M. Woodward.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The paddles traditionally used by teachers and principals to spank disruptive students are gathering dust these days in schools throughout the Illinois Quad-Cities. Local educators say discipline by force is gradually becoming a thing of the past.

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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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