Day in history for July 14, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
There is to be a moonlight excursion of ladies and gentlemen on the steamer Ben Campbell this evening.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Arthur Burrall was installed last night as sachem of the O-sau-kee Tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men. H.C. Cleaveland was the installing officer.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Harry Sizer and George Hynens, bridge painters for the Milwaukee Road, drowned yesterday afternoon at Port Byron while bathing.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Action looking toward a future Mississippi riverfront park between 12th and 20th streets, Rock Island, was taken last night when the city council authorized City Attorney Forest Dizotell to ask federal destination of a harbor line.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Who stole the bell off old fire engine No. 2? That's the question a group of Davenport businessmen want answered before they go any further in their negotiations to purchase the city's old fire engine for the benefit of local children.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Negotiations for the sale of Moline Tool Co., one of Moline's oldest industries, are near completion. President James B. Rosborough said he could not comment on the potential buyer or the price negotiation until the sale is complete. The machine tool firm has been in the hands of the Rosborough family since 1926.

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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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