Day in history for September 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There is a great demand for laborers and mechanics of all kinds in Rock Island. All who are willing to work can get steady employment at good wages.

1878 -- 125 years ago
While digging in the Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann lumber yard city workmen unearthed human bones. One skull was in very good condition.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island schools completed the second week of the fall term yesterday with a total enrollment of 3,309.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Driver of the car which struck and killed Charles F. Stauduhar is held on manslaughter charge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Full scale operations were begun today at Rock Island Millwork Company as 399 members of Local 788 Carpenters and Joiners, returned to their jobs following a strike of 15 weeks duration. The union spokesman said that although the increase was below the 14-cent raise the union sought, it will be accepted conditional to continued negotiations.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Family, and research into the Hemingway genealogy, brought the former wife of Leicester Hemingway to Prophetstown to vist her second cousin-in-law, Virginia Sibley. A resident of Silver Springs, Maryland, Patricia Hemingway has spent a good deal of time researching the roots of her husband's family. Despite the depth of her work, her brother-in-law Ernest still seems to shine as its most colorful character.

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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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