Day in history for March 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A delegation from Rock Island was invited to a dinner at the City Hotel in Peru, Ill., to celebrate the arrival of cars on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The will of the late John W. Spencer was in course of probate. The instrument was dated Jan. 2, 1878, and was witnessed by E.D. Sweeney and William Jackson.

1903 -- 100 years ago
George W. McCaskrin, independent candidate for mayor of Rock Island, proclaimed the slogan: ``It's a matter of principle with me.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Burglars got more than $500 in gold and cash at offices of five Rock Island dentists.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Deputy Sheriff Melville H. Miller stepped into what he thought was a darkened elevator and fell about 20 feet to the bottom of the elevator shaft at the Rock Island County courthouse last night. Unaware that the elevator had been moved to an upper floor, Miller opened the outer door, stepped through to turn on the light and dropped from sight. Miller incurred a compound fracture of the left arm, and head lacerations.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Good morning! If you're a Dispatch subscriber, this first Saturday morning ``Sunrise'' edition replaces the old Saturday afternoon edition. Not only does Saturday Sunrise come at a more convenient time, it contains several new features. We hope you like it!

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  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
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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