Day in history for March 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The admirable inaugural speech of President Pierce was received in town at 5:30 p.m. Monday. It will be read with unusual interest by all.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The travesty of ``Romeo and Juliet'' was repeated last night with great success.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. P.A. Edquist of Geneseo delivered a mission address in the chapel of Augustana College last evening.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The petition of Everett L. Wert, Oquawka, to withdraw from the Democratic district race for state representative, was held too late and his name was to be printed on ballots.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen, in two petitions, asked Rock Island aldermen to reduce their work week from 78 to 60 hours, and increase the strength of the fire force. It was stated the 78-hour week exceeds the established reasonable work week of firemen throughout the nation. The petitions also declared the fire department, consisting of 41 men, is undermanned according to underwriter's figures for a city this size.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The familiar dime toll on Centennial Bridge may be going up for the first time since it opened July 12, 1940. Bridge commissioners plan to ask the Rock Island City Council to hike the present 10 cent fare. Bridge commissioners said the toll increase is necessary to ward off a sizable deficit that would accrue by 1979 without the added revenue.

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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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