Day in history for April 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The spring term of the Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary will commence Monday, under supervision of E.C. Smith.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Swedish vocal quartet provided entertainment at Dart's Hall. The selections were in a foreign tongue with two exceptions.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William McConochie, Republican, was re-elected mayor of Rock Island, defeating W.C. Maucker, Democrat, George W. McCaskrin, Independent, and P.J. Carlson, Socialist. The winner's total vote was 1,717 and his plurality was 98. Maucker received 1,116 votes; McCaskrin, 1,619; and Carlson, 141.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A record vote in Rock Island County's primary is forecast tomorrow.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Purchase of a swimming pool site, located roughly between 22nd and 24th avenues and 34th and 36th streets, at an expenditure of $7,500 was approved on an 8 to 4 vote by Rock Island aldermen. Mayor Melvin L. McKay, long a champion for a swimming pool in Rock Island, had been urging aldermen to settle on a site before the end of his second 4-year term May 1.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Robert Sheets, Geneseo fire chief, has issued an alert to all residents of the fire district that roads are in worse shape than during the height of winter. Sheets said it is impossible for his department trucks to travel in any direction from Geneseo with any certainty of reaching a fire scene.

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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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