Day in history for September 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our old friend Edwin Coomes., Esq., is about commencing the publication of a weekly paper at Tipton, Iowa, to be called the Western Mirror.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The raft boat Mollie Mohler struck a rock at Port Byron and went down in 10 feet of water.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rockford baseball team defeated Rock Island, 8 to 4.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Seventeen YWCA girls swam across the Mississippi from Davenport to Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Attempts to determine revenue-bond financing possibilities for a proposed swimming pool for Rock Island will be sought at a meeting of the council's swimming pool committee at 7 o'clock Thursday evening in the city hall. Mayor Melvin L. McKay, in calling the meeting, said he hopes to have at least one representative of a bond house at the meeting prepared to provide answers to the revenue-bond suggestion.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The lights will go on again at the shuttered Capitol Theater in downtown Davenport when Broadway Theater League opens its 18th season there this fall. The Theater League has scheduled three national touring shows into the Capitol this fall and winter, beginning with the musical ``Bubbling Brown Sugar'' Oct. 10-12. Other shows on the agenda to date are ``The Robber Bridegroom'' Dec. 5-7 and the recent Broadway comedy hit ``Same Time, Next Year'' Feb. 13-15.

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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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