Day in history for April 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Students of Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary are holding a 2-day exhibition at the courthouse. The first day 38 young men gave declamations. The young ladies showed their compositions in the paper they publish. Three plays, 18 piano numbers, and songs by the glee club were presented.

1879 -- 125 years ago
News has reached here that Chicago went Democratic in this week's election.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Charles C. Carter, who has practiced here 25 years, died today. He was born in San Francisco and came to Rock Island with his parents in 1852.

1929 -- 75 years ago
An extensive search is under way for a 14-year-old boy who has started on a downriver adventure in a rowboat.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Police today were pondering the motive which prompted placing of a burning street flare on the porch of a Rock Island residence. Mrs. Lauretta Passmore, 3217 14th Ave., said she found the burning flare on her front porch Wednesday evening.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Whitey's Ice Cream celebrated the opening of its new store at 1601 23rd Ave., Moline. Among the first customers were C.L. ''Whitey'' Lindgren, the original store's owner and namesake; Loren Benson, architect; Mayor Lawrence Lorensen; and Bob Tunberg, owner. The old store at 1611 23rd Ave. is scheduled to be torn down next week to allow the intersection of 16th St. and 23rd Ave. to be widened.

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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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