Day in history for January 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
William Van Tulle has been appointed postmaster at Davenport, replacing D.C. Eldridge who resigned.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Deacon Hawes presided over a meeting of citizens Saturday night at the courthouse when ways and means of helping victims of hard times were discussed.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The directors of the Three-I baseball league were in session this afternoon at the Harper House.

1928 -- 75 years ago
John M. Colligan, 53, managing editor of The Argus, died this afternoon at St. Anthony's Hospital after an illness of two years. He was an employee of The Argus for 39 years.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Duane McLaughlin and Carolee Mueller were the big winners in Rock Island's annual city skating meet held at Long View Park. The event, co-sponsored by the city and the Rock Island Optimist Club, drew an estimated 250 skaters and several hundred spectators.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Friday the 13th proved an unlucky day for a rural Geneseo family and for a lot of worms. A late morning blaze destroyed most of Gary and Shirley Miller's possessions as well as their rented house on U.S. 6. The fire also fried between 40,000 and 50,000 earth-grubbing critters being raised by Miller in his garage. Electrical heating tapes around the worm-growing bins apparently shorted and sparked the fire.

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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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