Day in history for May 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
An advertisement appeared in this paper announcing that the Spalding And Rogers circus will present a show at Rock Island on board the ``Floating Circus'' at 2 and 7 p.m. May 26. Prices of admittance: Dress circle (all arm chairs), 50 cents; family boxes (cushioned seats) and gallery, 25 cents.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles held an outdoor drill last night and marched like regulars.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Harry Bray of Quincy and Charles Schneider of Rock Island were elected grand councilor and grand sentinel, respectively, of the Illinois grand council of the United Travelers at a meeting in the Odd Fellows Hall today.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Indictments in 23 prohibition violation cases again were certified to county court.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The new Rock Island terminal of the Dohrn Transfer Co., kingpin of them all, is being officially opened today. Located at 26th Avenue and 5th Street, the massive terminal, costing in excess of $300,000, has been called the trucking gateway to the northwest. Attending the open house ceremony tonight will be Quad-Cities civic and business leaders as well as customers of the Dohrn firm which has headquarters in Rock Island.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Investors say they will build a $40 million rail and barge terminal on the Mississippi River near Clinton that could provide enough traffic to keep the river open during the winter.

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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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