Day in history for January 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi River still is closed and the crossing is good.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A committee appointed to help the poor has decided to hold a charity ball with tickets selling for $5 per couple.

1903 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton was re-elected president of the Three-I baseball league by the board of directors.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cong. John C. Allen will ask reappointment of Hugh A.J. McDonald as postmaster of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire, blamed on an overheated hot air duct, caused heavy damage to the interior of a 1-story frame bungalow used as a temporary kindergarten classroom at Sacred Heart School, Moline. About seven or eight pupils were in the structure at the time the fire broke out. Their instructor, Sister Esther, O.S.F., gathered up their hats and coats and led them to the doorway without incident. The small structure is located immediately south of the new school building which will open next September.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Television personality Robert Young, and his wife Betty, have donated $10,000 to the mental health program at Franciscan Hospital. The funds will support educational services and facilities. The money will be spent at the direction of Dr. Eduardo Ricaurte. The money will be used mainly for the mental health center library.

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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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