Day in history for April 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It may be interesting perhaps to notice that one Rock Island alderman wasted the time of the city council introducing ordinances and voting against them himself. This is probably the economy, retrenchment and reform he talked so much about before his election.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At township elections, supervisors were chosen as follows: South Rock Island, L.C. Lloyd; Port Byron, R.J. Bell; Edgington, James Taylor; Coe, Jesse Daily; Hampton, Samuel Devinney; Black Hawk, Thomas Kerr; Moline, J.D. Long; and Rural, Andrew Donaldson.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The board of supervisors granted a petition for a franchise presented by the Moline, East Moline and Watertown railway.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ten thousand booklets containing information about the proposed river-rail terminal for Rock Island will be distributed prior to the April 17 referendum.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The 50-year-old water tower at Coal Valley fell across U.S. highway 150 blocking traffic for over an hour. The old landmark was being toppled when it landed across the highway instead of on the side of the road as intended.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline city council voted 10-2 to approve plans for the construction of a neighborhood center in the city's aging Watertown district. Florence Aldridge played a key role in persuading the city to apply for a $500,000 federal grant to construct the center.

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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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