Day in history for June 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Almost everybody is building board or gravel sidewalks in front of their property, as ordered by the Rock Island council. The town is beginning to look quite civilized.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Chicago White Stockings baseball team defeated the Davenport Nine, 9 to 8. The Chicago boys are superior at the bat while the Davenport boys look better in the field.

1903 -- 100 years ago
When the Illinois child labor law goes into effect July 1, the Rock Island superintendent of schools will register all boys in the city. Boys under 14 years of age may not work in factories, thereafter and those under 16 will be limited to eight hours a day and 48 hours a week.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Nomination of Al Smith of New York as the Democratic candidate for president appears near at the party's convention in Houston, Texas.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A proposed 174-car off-street parking area in a portion of Spencer Square, Rock Island, won't be carried out until the federal government completes condemnation of the square, Mayor Carl F. Bauer announced today.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline Boys Choir Director Kermit Wells received a surprise birthday ``card'' from parents welcoming the group home after a 10-day eastern tour Tuesday night. Some 40 parents, brothers and sisters of choir members held the 96-foot banner across the Sears parking lot, waiting for the bus to arrive.

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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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