Day in history for September 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Many new houses have been built east of the boat yard this year, and along the street opened last fall. We have been partially blind to the fact that Rock Island is growing rapidly.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Republican county committee for the year includes J.O. Starr, Moline; W.H. Womacks, Drury; George Allen, Coe; Alexander Owens, Black Hawk; and William Jackson, Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island and Davenport companies placed second in competitive drills for Woodmen Forester teams at the St. Louis Exposition encampment.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council considered an ordinance for 60-minute parking on 17th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues on motion of Ald. Frank J. Beranek.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Passengers aboard the Delta Queen, stranded excursion steamer at Rock Island, were aroused to the shriek of sirens at 6:48 this morning. Sparks from the steamer's smoke stack were blown into the pilot house where they ignited a box of rubbish.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials say it could cost as much as $10,000 to find out what happened to money missing from the Rock Island treasury. ``We're out a lot of money, not only the money that was stolen, but also the money it's costing to research the thing,'' Mayor Jim Davis said.

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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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