Day in history for April 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Golden Era packet is making regular weekly trips to Keokuk, Burlington and Galena from Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
William H. Ross and George W. Henry dissolved partnership, and the firm is to be known as William H. Ross And Co., commission merchants. I.P. Rice became associated with the firm.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Services were conducted morning and evening at Memorial Christian Church by Dr. R.E. Heironymous, president of Eureka College.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County Republicans at state convention decided not to enter candidates for Fourteenth District presidential elector.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Meredith Johnson, 39, Moline, has been hired as the new organizational director of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau. His job will consist of recruiting new members, coordinating various Farm Bureau activities, and public relations work.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A funny thing happened to an $8 check on its way from one Davenport address to another. It went to the White House. A note signed by Landon Kite, a White House staff assistant, apologized for the check being opened by the White House mailroom, where it was apparently delivered by mistake. Davenport postmaster John Cogan said the letter probably became stuck behind another letter, which he said sometimes happens when letters are metered.

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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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