Day in history for June 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A meeting has been called at Monmouth for the 18th to organize the Warsaw, Rock Island and Port Byron railroad.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Harvey S. Wells and B.L. Best of Reynolds, two of the most active anti-liquor workers in the state, will address the Rock Island Reform Club in Negus Hall on the rapid progress of the temperance movement.

1903 -- 100 years ago
John Garvin, a farm boy living in the lower end of our county, is in a coma and near death. He was kicked by a frisky horse and his skull was fractured.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover was nominated for president and Senator Charles Curtis of Kansas for vice president by the Republican party, in a convention at Kansas City.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County's first charge of accepting bets on a televised horse race was filed in county court this morning against Joe Greenberg, operator of the Empire Cigar Store, 119 18th St., Rock Island. State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran declared the use of TV, as his charged was discovered at the Empire Saturday afternoon, stands to ``revolutionize'' the horse betting business.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Nine cars of a 110-car Rock Island Lines freight train derailed at the railroad's Kelly Yards switching yards late Friday afternoon. The cars were loaded with liquid sulphur, none of which spilled. Service on the line was not interrupted, and no one was injured.

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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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