Day in history for April 10, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A bill has been introduced in congress to establish a federal agriculture bureau. Such a bureau, to advise farmers, would require four employees and would cost $16,000 a year to operate.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Residents of Milan appointed William Kerr, Jacob Frysinger and Benjamin Goble to raise money for lawyers who would attempt to get damages paid to owners of property flooded by the south branch of Rock River.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Four teams of the Three-I League favor allowing M.H. Sexton of Rock Island to accept the presidency of the Western Baseball League, while he continues to serve as head of the Three-I.

1927 -- 75 years ago
While staging his fourth hold-up of a street car within two weeks, a bandit fired a bullet at motorman Fred A. Cordell of Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The first major surgery to be performed in the new addition of St. Luke's Hospital, Davenport, took place yesterday when Clarence West of Davenport underwent an appendectomy.

1977 -- 25 years ago
More than a billion tons of coal lying beneath Henry County's rich farm land probably will remain there for decades to come, despite the growing emphasis on coal as a cure for the nation's energy ills. Agriculture leaders, mining officials and geologists agree that the quality of the coal is too poor and the seams too thin and scattered to jusify tearing up $4,000-an-acre soil.

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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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