Day in history for May 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Next Monday is the anniversary of the Rock Island Rifle Company. After parading in the streets, they will be marched to the fairgrounds where they will be drilled.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The ferry will run tonight to transport music lovers to Davenport. The celebrated orchestra of Leopold Damrosch will perform.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A class of 16 nurses was graduated from St. Anthony's Hospital this morning at exercises in the hospital chapel. Mass was celebrated by the Rev. James A. Dollard, chaplain of the hospital. Diplomas were awarded by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. P. H. Durkin, rector of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rock Island.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Work has been started and is expected to be completed by late fall on the erection of a warehouse, office and truck well for the United States Plywood Corp. of New York in Milan's new industrial subdivision east of Highway 67 and south of the Hasselroth Trailer Court.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island City officials have thought about it for a week, and tonight will act on a proposal to charge fees to organizers of parade, marches, runs and other events in Rock Island.

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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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