Day in history for March 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The public demands a good line of daily coaches to Peru, immediately. Scarcely a day passes but passengers land here from the boats, intending to take the Rock Island route to the East, and are obliged to go to Rockford because they can find no conveyance to Peru.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Enrollment in Rock Island public schools for the month ending March 29 totaled 1,789 according to Supt. Everett.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Manager Donnelly added Frank Schlieberg, Milwaukee, a pitcher, Charles Schmidt, Arkansas, a catcher, and Edward Powers, Cairo, an outfielder, to the Rock Island baseball team.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William R. Carse, Rock Island, was re-elected to his third term as president of the Illinois State Bottlers' Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College received $309,332 of the estate of Frank A. Larson, wealthy Chicago publisher. Larson, who was publisher of the Swedish-American Tribune, died in 1951 at the age of 79, leaving two wills. One will gave the bulk of his million-dollar estate to Augustana College. The other left most to a brother and a housekeeper and excluded Augustana.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Woodhull Non-Partisan Women's Christian Temperance Union is making plans to build a new Clover Twp. library. The group recently announced the purchase of a lot for the library at E. 4th Ave. and N. Division St., Woodhull.

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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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