Day in history for June 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
James Kelly was appointed postmaster of Rock Island to succeed E.R. Bean.

1878 -- 125 years ago
J.F. Everett, superintendent of the Rock Island public schools, reported a total May enrollment of 1,681 pupils. The average daily attendance was 1,499.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a front page story announcing the assassination of Alexander and Draga, King and Queen of Serbia. The troops revolted and an independent party took the reins of government.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson personally led a police squad in closing 11 alleged gambling concessions of the Royal American carnival on the Rock Island waterfront.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Albert Fickewirth, Moline, won the Queen of the Show award, the major honor in the 12th annual rose and flower show held in the Rock Island Masonic Temple under the auspices of the Tri-City Men's Rose and Garden Club and the Tri-City Women's Garden Club. Fickewirth won the top prize with his Crimson Glory rose.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Residents of Carbon Cliff can't listen to music or dance in local drinking establishments without breaking the law. Folks in Coal Valley can't coast down a hilly street without the approval of the village president. The people of Colona can be fined $3 for disturbing a funeral. Outdated ordinances such as these are being weeded out by area village officials.

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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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