Day in history for March 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Now is the time to clean your cellars. You cannot have good milk and butter in a dirty cellar. Clean out all decaying vegetables and rotten wood and use the whitewash freely.

1877 -- 125 years ago
P.H. Mitchell left today for Aiken, S.C., for the benefit of his health.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Phil Mitchell was elected president of the Illinois Theatre Company. T.J. Medill was chosen secretary and treasurer.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Condition of Officer William J. McCarthy, wounded by drink-crazed man, unchanged, with hope held to save sight of right eye at least partially.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A speed trap of a different sort, one calculated to slow pedestrians down to a full stop, is in operation in one of the 2nd Street display windows of the Peterson-Harned-Von Maur department store in Davenport. A display incubator will allow a sidewalk audience to watch baby chicks crack their way out of their shells and hop about the floor.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mark Yuskis long ago traded in his greasepaint and unicycle for the quieter joys of teaching biology at Geneseo High School, but he has never forgotten the thrills that punctuated his six years as a circus performer. Geneseo residents will be able to share in that excitement when the Gamma Phi Circus of Illinois State University comes to town. Yuskis entertained over 100,000 people while performing with the circus as a student at ISU.

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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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