Day in history for April 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A company of young gentlemen, amateur musicians, are in the practice of giving excellent serenades these pleasant nights. The ``goodbye'' song was very fine and regarded by more than one as quite appropriate.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Judge Cochran, Peoria, was registered at the Harper House. Also J. Holland and D.L. Thompson, who compiled the Rock Island city directory for 1876.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island commandery No.|18, Knights Templar, gave the third of a series of dancing parties in the Masonic Temple. Miss Bell Carpenter presented a vocal solo, Miss Mae Culton, a piano solo, and Mrs. Jay Clarkson, a reading.

1928 -- 75 years ago
More snow, 5.2 inches, fell in March than in any other single month during the past winter, the weather bureau reported.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A suggested site for a new high school south of Calvin Coolidge Junior High was turned down by the Board of Education as being inappropriate. The board thus stood fast on its previous recommendation that three sites should be placed on the ballot in the forthcoming referendum and named them as Oakwood Country Club, the 19th St. property south of 18th Ave., and a portion of Browning Field.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Robert Ford, Geneseo school board president, suggested the Atkinson school district be asked to consider joining the Geneseo district to help ease overcrowding in Geneseo schools.

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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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