Day in history for April 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It may be well to remark that the iron which forms the track of the Chicago and Rock Island railroad to Peru was in the bowels of the Welsh mountains but one year ago.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council authorized the purchase of 100 tons of water pipes to be laid during the present season.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The grand council of the Royal Arcanum, in session in Bloomington, voted to hold its next convention in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
An army of Community Chest workers will start Monday on a campaign to raise $75,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An intensive course in citizenship is being offered in the Rock Island public school system to prepare today's youth to be good citizens tomorrow. An explanation of the citizenship studies was given today by Earl H. Hanson, superintendent of schools. In the senior high school, two years of study in history and citizenship are required before a student may graduate.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A $600,000 windfall from the East Moline Industrial Park will probably spare city homeowners their third water-and-sewer rate increase in five years, City Clerk Clarence ``Clix'' Vyncke said today. Vyncke said the windfall should result when an improvement project, started in 1976 at the 230-acre park, is completed this August. Current estimates peg the final cost to be less than originally anticipated.

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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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