Day in history for July 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island has several hotels, always over-filled. Everyday visitors are obliged to seek accommodations in private homes. What shall we do when the railroad cars run here? Two or three first-class hotels are wanted in Rock Island immediately.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island's income last month was as follows: Poll tax, $103; Rock River bridge tolls, $545; city scales and other public weighing, $42.10; fines, $76.02.

1903 -- 100 years ago
George McNeal, who has retired to live in Hampton, is the oldest native of this county. He was born at Hampton 70 years ago, in 1833. Five generations of McNeals already have lived in the Watertown vicinity.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Vincent J. Nordgren was called to become pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Miss Margaret S. Petersen, Rock Island, is one of the four women hydraulic engineers in the world. Miss Petersen is working with the Missouri River Division, U.S. Engineers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline Ald. Paul Stewart, R-2nd Ward, says two weeks without ``the inspiration of The Almighty'' is too long. Stewart put Mayor Lawrence Lorensen on the spot when he demanded to know why the council hadn't opened up the last two council meetings with a prayer. Lorensen informed Stewart that so many ministers are on vacation at this time of year that none could be contacted to open the meeting with a prayer.

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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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