Day in history for April 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Capt. Griffith, the popular and obliging, has had his boat, the Wisconsin, thoroughly cleansed and fitted up in good style. He does not claim that she is one of the lightning speed and ``bust-your-biler'' kind but that she makes all the passengers comfortable.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At the Central Presbyterian Church, the Rev. J.R. Findley preached this morning on ``The Poor in Spirit.'' He took ``The Decrees'' for his evening theme.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Pres. G.A. Andreen of Augustana College arrived home from Sweden after an absence of four months. He was warmly greeted by students who had assembled for the Founders' Day celebration.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Coal Valley High School won the Rock Island County track and field meet.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Concern over a possible slip in Davenport's high standard of fire protection was expressed by Lester Schick, Davenport fire chief. ``The fire department is below strength and unless it can secure the necessary recruits there is a possibility that its efficiency will suffer.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Davenport man and about 15 Explorer Scouts made a request in a letter read before the Moline City Council that they be permitted to dig around in an area located on one of the city's leased farms. Ferrel Anderson says he feels the area located near Green Valley Park along the Rock River is just loaded with archaeological booty.

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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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