Day in history for June 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Since the warm weather has set in, great precaution should be taken to have all the filth and refuse matter taken from our streets. This deserves the immediate attention of our authorities.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Two boisterous drunks aroused residents near 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street last night by firing pistols in the air.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Friday, July 10, is the day set aside for the dedication of Long View Park.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Lightning struck three homes and two buildings in Rock Island and Moline and Washington School in Moline within a half-hour period during this afternoon's severe thunderstorm. Lightning also struck a tree in the yard of another Rock Island home.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A 4-H judging team to represent Rock Island County in the state judging contest July 1 at Urbana was selected Saturday at the annual 4-H federation judging contest on the Wallie Neumann farm in Rural Township.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Orange flames brightened the early morning sky in downtown Rock Island today, and black and gray smoke wafted across the Mississippi River when a post-midnight blaze worked its way through the vacant Chances Are cocktail lounge and disco. No one was injured as the fire of unknown origin gutted the two-story building at 2116 4th Ave.

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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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