Day in history for June 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Ben Harper has sold his beautiful residence above town (7th Ave., Rock Island) and 10 acres of ground to Charles Buford of Kentucky for $10,000.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Phoebe W. Sudlow, for many years superintendent of Davenport schools, has been elected professor of English at Iowa University, where the board of directors long have wanted a lady professor to take care of lady students.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Lines expects to occupy the large new railroad shops being built at Pleasant Valley (Silvis) by Jan. 1, 1904.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Karl ``Peanuts'' Swanson, second baseman of the Rock Island team in the Mississippi Valley league, was sold to the Chicago White Sox.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline police and FBI agents continued their investigation into the mysterious disappearance of seven dozen women's dresses, valued at $400, from a truck shipment. The dresses, in two cartons, were shipped from Boris Smolen Sons, Elkhart, Ind., to the Petersen Harned VonMaur store in Davenport. The shipment cleared the Chicago docks of the company where the truck was sealed. The truck arrived in Moline with the seal intact but with no trace of the dresses.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Ralph Gerhardt's flowering cactus at Barstow has blossomed out this year with 20 large, orange-red blooms and buds, the most it has ever had during its 65-year life.

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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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