Day in history for September 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A meeting to form a new Rock Island Library Association was announced in the The Argus. Backers of the group hoped to stimulate interest in starting a library.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus was shown a sample of Indian corn which was grown by James Starkey of Bowling Township. The corn was odd looking and grew in bunches, the kernels being small and in pods.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Charlotte Chamberlin was elected high school librarian to succeed Miss Mae Lidders.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The mercury soared to 91 degrees as summer took a parting blow in the Quad-Cities.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A thief stole an antique beer barrel, used for advertising purposes, from a Moline Consumers truck Sunday night. The theft occurred while the truck was parked in the company's yard at 3rd Ave. and 24th St.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Mary VandeVoorde, 85, of Moline, will be awarded the Order of King Leopold II by George DeBier, deputy counsel general of Belgium, at a dinner Oct. 3 at the Deck Restaurant, Geneseo. VandeVoorde is being honored for her efforts in promoting and preserving Belgian Culture in the United States and, in particular, her lace-making skills.

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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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