Day in history for August 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
On Wednesday evening last, StormAndrsquo;s Band was out enlivening a favored few with some of their sweetest strains.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School football squad will spend a two-week training period at Big Island.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A quick switch was pulled last night on a 40-year-old Rock Island County farmer who believes that no one could have any better neighbors than he has. His neighbors cast their votes for William F. Parchert, Buffalo Prairie, and elected him the winner of the Good Neighbor Contest, sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce in connection with the 1958 Rock Island County Fair.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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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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