Day in history for October 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Meetings have been called by the promoters of the Warsaw And Rockford railroad at Port Byron, Cordova, Rose Hill, Hampton, Moline and Edgington from Oct. 25 to 29.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Many beautiful memorial gifts add to the attractiveness of the new Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Illinois Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, in convention in Rock Island, voted to establish a home for orphans.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Being awakened early in the morning by barking dogs is bad enough. But to try to find out the cause for their barking and discover yourself looking a strange horse in the face is worse. Jean Gellerstedt, Moline, had that experience. She was aroused by incessant barking of dogs, went out the back door to check on the cause and looked straight in the face of a stray horse.

1978 -- 25 years ago
George N. Peek of Moline, national farm leader, has bolted the Republican Party, delaring his belief that Al Smith, if elected president, would do more to help farmers than had been done.Three brothers from the Quad-Cities, all of whom have been St. Ambrose alumni for 50 years or more, will be among the first inducted into the college's new Emeritus Club during homecoming festivities. Charles Dauw, Rock Island, graduated from St. Ambrose Academy in 1924, Frank in 1925, and James in 1927.

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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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