Day in history for September 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus hopes to begin its second year soon with 2,000 subscribers, the most of any newspaper in this section. This week we took in 70 new subscriptions and still they keep coming.

1877 -- 125 years ago
W.P. Butler was elected captain of a new militia company organized last night. C.W. Hawes and John Ritticker were chosen as lieutenants.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Because Rock Island's title to the Rock River bridges is said to have lapsed, Milan has filed suit against this city to recover $100 in bridge tolls paid by Milan citizens.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Earl H. Hanson, a teacher in Rock Island for two years, began his duties as superintendent of Orion schools.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The proposal to fluoridate Rock Island's water supply became boiling hot at a public hearing last night in the city hall, with a pitched battle of words developing between proponents and opponents of the plan. Main antagonists in the verbal fray were Alderman Vernon R. Hendren, who argued against it, and Drs. W.A. Herath and J.W. Krupicka, who spoke in behalf of the idea.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Some 30 cars of a Rock Island Lines freight train derailed in Walcott, Iowa, some slamming into the Central Petroleum Co. and others piling three or four high. The cause of the derailment, which blocked both main lines between Silvis and Des Moines, is under investigation.

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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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