Day in history for April 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Lucy May will have to be docked. She was badly damaged by collision with one of the piers of the Rock Island bridge on Tuesday morning last.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The surveying party of the proposed Rock Island, New Boston And Southwestern Railroad arrived in the city this morning.

1907 -- 100 years ago
About 500 spectators witnessed the first performance of the big parody circus at the Rock Island YMCA last night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Formation of a permanent organization of automobile dealers in the Quad-Cities will be considered Wednesday night at a dinner meeting at 6 o'clock in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1957 -- 50 years ago
There's a little wrong on both sides, as is too often the case, in the cutback in postal service starting today. The curtailment includes elimination of Saturday mail deliveries, closing of all post offices on Saturday and Sunday and a halt in third-class mail handling.

1982 -- 25 years ago
David Townsend, former executive director of the Moline Housing Authority, agreed to plead guilty to 67 counts of embezzlement today as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. Under the agreement, which must be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Morgan, Mr. Townsend could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $20,000.

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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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