Day in history for May 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We have just heard that Mr. Reynolds, a railroad contractor, has opened a lead mine on land belonging to Lemuel Andrews, Esq., just above Rock Island, and that a boy dug out 1,000 pounds of mineral the same day. A specimen may be seen at this office. Good judges say it will yield 90 percent.

1878 -- 125 years ago
H.A. Bullock of Galesburg was registered as a Rock Island House guest.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A. Devin Duvivier, composer and instructor, discussed ``Art in Education'' at Augustana College last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William H. Voss was elected chairman of the Rock Island city Republican central committee.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Young male faces in Davenport were tinted a lovely shade of red as teenagers pondered the results of last Saturday's National Rifle Association sectional tourney won by a 16-year-old Davenport high school girl. Donna Strasser fired a 186 out of a possible 200 on the high school rifle range to win first place in the match.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Six Quad-City housewives and mothers have added a new dimension to their lives. They've formed a singing group called The Added Dimension and have been giving programs for church, school and civic groups. Sextet members are Carole (Mrs. Jack) Ferry, Sheryl (Mrs. Ron) Barnes, Jane (Mrs. William) Parker, Doris (Mrs. Gerald) O'Keeffe, Jeanie (Mrs. George) Wendt and Phyllis (Mrs. William) Owens.

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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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