Day in history for March 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Sheriff Swander has rented the house recently occupied by J.H. Hatch in this city and soon will become a resident of Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Frank Arbor of London, England, was registered at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The McConochie forces won at the Republican primaries yesterday, defeating the Knox men. Aldermanic candidates chosen were Frank Westbay, Louis Eckhart, William Hause, Robert C. Benson, Frank E. Robbins, Fred G. Gall and Joshua R. Brooks.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Gov. Len Small and his running mates will present claims to the voters at a rally in Rock Island Masonic Temple tonight.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Erection of a 52-foot weather tower on top of the Rock Island Bank And Trust Co. building in Rock Island is well under way with two of the five sections already in place. If the work proceeds on schedule, the ``weatherstick'' will be placed in operation late tomorrow afternoon, according to Ray W. Osterman, president of the bank.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A score or more of Silvis school youngsters were on the march again today, protesting the cut in the music program that was approved by the school board last week. Carrying signs printed with various versions of ``save our music,'' the pupils gathered at George O. Barr School and organized for their march to downtown Silvis.

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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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