Day in history for April 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Salaries of governors of different states in the union range from $10,000 in California to $400 in Rhode Island per year. Illinois paid Joel A. Matteson $1,500 per year.

1878 -- 125 years ago
B.L. Best, Reynolds, addressed a temperance meeting in South Rock Island last night. Quite a number of persons signed the pledge and donned the ribbon.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Kid'' Bloch, local prize ring artist, figured in a mixup in Moline Saturday night and gave a bad beating to Officer Thomas Carney.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A new primary voting record of 23,018 ballots was set for Rock Island County last Tuesday, an official canvass disclosed.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Boy Scout officials and civic leaders of six rural townships in south Rock Island County pledged $8,000 to finance construction of a year-round cabin as part of the $150,000 improvement program for the campsite of the Fort Armstrong area council. L.C. Jameson, executive secretary of the council, said an anonymous gift of $1,000 already has been promised as part of the $8,000 sum.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County would become part of a new Central Federal Court District under a proposed remapping of federal court boundaries in the state. The county currently is part of the Southern District. The remapping, if approved, would be the first for Illinois since 1905.

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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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