Day in history for October 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Miss Bridges writes from Dixon that she will be in Rock Island tomorrow night to give one of her dramatic readings.''Widow Bedott'' will be among the reading selections.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College will honor the memory of Lars P. Esbjorn, first president of the institution, at a service today.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
More than 980 persons attended the Illinois Baptist State Convention rally last night at Moline High School. The First Baptist Church, Moline, is the host church and the Rev. Elwood K. Wylie is the host pastor. The convention continues through tomorrow.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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