Day in history for May 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The public is invited to a free ride on the new ferry, Iowa, anytime Sunday afternoon. The proprietors of the ferry devote that afternoon to the public, giving all who desire to visit Davenport or the Island a free ride and an opportunity to examine the new boat.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Burglars made an unsuccessful attempt Saturday night to enter the dry goods store of Mitchell And Parsons.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Notwithstanding adverse press reports, officials of the Modern Woodmen of America were confident that the battle for rate adjustment was won at sessions of state camps held yesterday.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Harold H. Slocum, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Slocum, Rock Island, was one of seven University of Illinois students who built a successful television machine. W.N. Parker of Chicago, a senior in the college of engineering, developed the machine.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There is an ordinance banning bicycles on sidewalks in Moline but aldermen said they believe it shouldn't be enforced in the Molette addition while 23rd Avenue is closed to traffic. The same is true along 34th St. where many children ride bicycles to and from school.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials received word that a $285,150 Environmental Protection Agency grant has been approved that gives the go-ahead for implementation of design of the Rock River Regional Sewage Treatment System.

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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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