Day in history for April 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Miss Heath commenced her select school yesterday at the house on Buffalo Street.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Democratic county convention named state convention delegates as follows: J.S. Drake, Dr. C. Piper, W.H. Lundy, J.R. Johnston, B.D. Buford and R.M. Grennell. Alternates were Samuel Heagy, August Timm, Frank Lucas, Thomas Kerr, Andrew Donaldson and T.S. Silvis. R.M. Grennell, Cordova was chairman. The delegation was not instructed as to voting.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. J.A. Nyvall, pastor of the Swedish Lutheran Church, accepted the editorship of a Swedish paper, ``Fosterlandet,'' published at Chicago, but will not immediately remove to that city.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Arsenal post was selected as the name for the newly organized Rock Island unit of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Betty Clark from LeClaire, Iowa, and eight other American women basketball players captured the first international Amateur Athletic Union cage title in Santiago, Chile. The Chile trip consumed about six weeks for the 21-year-old main office employee of Deere and Co.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Overcoming a tenacious man-to-man defense, the Moline Maroons broke loose in the second half to score a 51-38 decision over Belleville West in the first round of the girls state basketball tournament. Tracy Eckert was the Maroons top scorer with 18 points.

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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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