Day in history for March 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We notice a shipment of 177 dozen corn brooms aboard the Badger State last Monday for St. Louis. They were manufactured by Mr. F.D. Rathbern of this city. Mr. R. has an establishment in the First ward where he carries on the business extensively.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Barlow Wilson of Primrose And West's minstrels gave a fine performance at Dart's Hall last night.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Preparations were being made to start the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann sawmill. The raft boats will soon leave for Cattail Slough where there are enough logs to make a beginning on.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The 14th Judicial Circuit Republican Convention in Moline went into recess after the 254th ballot after a deadlock in a session to name a candidate for the vacancy of circuit judge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Decontrol of prices began registering some increase in the Quad-Cities today as wholesalers reported price hikes in coffee, and sugar, while Illinois gasoline prices average one cent a gallon more than Iowa prices.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Todd Sutton, East Moline, and Jim Gunnerson, Moline, were sitting along the Rock River near Moline's Heritage Addition when a catfish, weighing more than 45 pounds, swam up near the shoreline. Sutton and Gunnerson tossed a piece of concrete at the fish, stunned it, and dragged the whopper ashore.

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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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