Day in history for July 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The city of Rock Island is advertising for bids for material to raise the level of Illinois Street (2nd Avenue) and bring it to the established city grade.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Although Ben Harper is building a magnificent opera house and thereby giving employment to many mechanics in this year of joblessness, the Rock Island City Council has refused to authorize a sewer in 16th Street from the theater to the river.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Pope Leo XIII died today at 93. He had been pope for 25 years.

1928 -- 75 years ago
J.J. Hagen of Beardstown, Ill., has been chosen to succeed R.W. Bardwell as Rock Island superintendent of public schools.

1953 -- 50 years ago
``Memorial Park is not conductive to good love making,'' Rock Island County Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman reported today. It seems that the park has suffered property damage from trespassers or in other words, would-be-lovers. The management of the park, determined to let those who have passed on rest in peace, hired a special deputy.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Angela Minas, a woman from East Moline, got an invitation to Telly Savalas' daughter's wedding. She got it from Savalas himself at the Quad-City Open. Savalas signed an autograph on her program and said the autograph was an invitation to the wedding. Savalas' daughter will be marrying Mrs. Minas' cousin's nephew in California later this month.

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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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