Day in history for March 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Excelsior, an old favorite with the public, has made its first appearance of the season at the Rock Island levee. The Excelsior, under the command of Captain Ward, is looking brighter than ever, having been refitted and repainted.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Score one more credit mark for Ben Harper. He has built 45 or 50 buildings in Rock Island since he came here in 1850. Now his home on 18th Street has been enlarged and remodeled in exquisite taste by Architect I.N. Holmes. (Note: Ben Harper's big house stood where the telephone building now is.)

1902 -- 100 years ago
Sheriff Cralle continues to beautify the courthouse yard with flowers and new trees.

1927 -- 75 years ago
F.C. Denkmann gave $5,000 to the Rock Island park board for construction of a wading pool in Denkmann Square.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Albert Blankenfeld was the envy of all the kids in his Geneseo neighborhood 60 years ago. And today he might well be envied by all the oldsters. How many others, at 74, can still do the splits? Near the turn of the century he traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus and was a top-billed contortionist.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The old 16th Street bridge to Rock Island Arsenal will not be repaired and reopened to traffic, leaving employees with only two means of access until a new Moline span is completed in late 1980, Army officials said today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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