Day in history for May 15, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Mayor of Rock Island has an inaugural address about as large as the city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Twelve marriage licenses were issued by the Rock Island County Clerk during the past week.

1907 -- 100 years ago
In connection with the Greater Rock Island movement, The Argus will offer three cash prizes for designs for a seal to typify the spirit of the city.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council committee of the whole proposed an ordinance last night that would make the superintendent of parks subject to the appointment of the mayor with confirmation by the council. It also proposed the salary of Superintendent John G. Evans be reduced $400 a year to a figure of $2,000.

1957 -- 50 years ago
More rigid enforcement of laws prohibiting pollution of navigable waters by petroleum products has been promised by Rock Island District Engineers. Numerous complaints have been received by Engineers recently from operators of pleasure craft. A number of oil slicks have been spotted on the the upper Mississippi.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline National Bank is a step closer to merging with some 20 other banks in downstate Illinois after word that the Securities and Exchange Commission has accepted the bank's filing for the merger.

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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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