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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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