Day in history for February 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The notice of Messrs. Negus And Lee, in our advertising columns, is inserted and paid for as an advertisement, and we are in no way responsible for what it promises.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Johnson was offering for sale the barbering outfit lately occupied by E. Smith at 4th Ave. and 18th St., Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was reported that the workingman's party favored the election of any of the following for mayor: Ben Harper, B.D. Buford, S.D. Stoddar, Ald. Woods, Ald. Lundy or ``anyone else who has a possible chance of election.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Atty. William B. Schroeder was nominated for office of exalted ruler of Rock Island Lodge, No. 980, Elks.

1953 -- 50 years ago
It was a toss-up whether school authorities or the parents of a 12-year-old Rock Island boy were startled the most upon learning the boy has played hooky from school for the past six months. The boy went to school four days last September and told officials there he was transferring to another school. He was taken off the roll at that school. He never entered the other.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The 3M Company's Industrial Pollution Control Program at its two manufacturing plants in Cordova has been nominated for an ``Achievement Award'' by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The 3M program is one of five to be nominated for the annual award.

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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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