Day in history for March 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There were 16 manufacturers by water and steam power in Moline the past year with a total valuation of $333,500.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Burglars last night opened the safe of H. Burgower, the lumberman. The cash box was taken but it contained nothing but some private correspondence.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At the First Baptist Church, the Rev. H.W. Reed preached this morning on ``God's Work To Be Completed.'' The Rev. Thomas C. Lewis of Rock Island preached at this church in the evening.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A lone bandit held up the cashier of the Peoples Trust And Savings Bank, Davenport, shortly before noon today and escaped with $500.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Construction of a frame shelter on the roof of Moline Senior High School for the city's skywatchers will be done under the direction of Moline Exchange Club. The club voluntarily took on the project when it was discovered that the plane spotters had no protection from wind, rain or snow. Plans are being made for heating the shelter.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Lutheran and Moline Public Hospitals are exploring the possibility of linking the institutions with an enclosed bridge, a spokesman for the two hospitals said today. The possible sharing of services is under study by the administrations and boards of the two hospitals to determine possible cost savings and improved efficiency.

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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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