Day in history for July 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Ormsby of New York has executed a life-like engraving on steel of the next president, General Pierce. It is 20 by 28 inches and can be procurred at the low price of $2.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The mare of Lizzie Crockett, owned by Colonel Crockett, the well-known horseman of this county, is making exceptionally fast time on the harness racing circuits this season.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Commodore Charles McHugh's launch and houseboat left for a trip down river today, with his family and four guests aboard.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's municipal park system was appraised at $689,778.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Fifty inflated balloons, each containing a dollar bill, will be dropped from the third floor of the Farmers National Bank at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. The event will be a new feature of the annual Geneseo Dollar Days, scheduled Friday and Saturday under the sponsorship of the retail committee of the chamber of commerce.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A Coal Valley landmark will fall to the bulldozer. The Standard gas station, site of a blacksmith shop or gas station for more than a century, will be torn down by owners Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wolking to make room for a new station and store. The blacksmith shop was first opened at the site by Hugh Martin Sr., who came here from Ireland in 1868. His shop was at the rear of the building to be torn down.

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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
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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