Day in history for January 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Weekly Republican will accept most kinds of country produce, also wood and coal, in exchange for a subscription, for advertising, or for job work.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The first issue of Col. Danforth's new paper, The Rock Islander, has appeared. The colonel was advocating the greenback idea of national finance.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Mary Ann Greenwood Buford, 88, widow of the late Gen. Napoleon B. Buford, died.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Twenty-one deaths have been caused in the midwest by the early January sub-zero weather.

1953 -- 50 years ago
News has been received of the birth of a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Terry, Evanston, Ill. Mrs. Terry, the former Patricia Foley, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Foley, Rock Island, is well known in musical circles here. She was star in ``Firefly'' last summer, given by the Quad-City Music Guild.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Dialing 411 instead of searching through a phone book for unknown numbers soon could become an expensive habit in Illinois. Illinois Bell officials asked the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to approve a plan which would limit customers to five directory assistance calls per month and charge them 20 cents each for additional calls. Customers in the Illinois Quad-Cities dial directory assistance between 16,000 and 18,000 times daily.

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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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