Day in history for July 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Congress will survey the upper rapids (Port Byron to Rock Island) and the lower rapids (near Keokuk) for a 6-foot channel. The Argus estimates it will take 10 years and 20 million dollars to blow out the rocks and do the job right.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The shade in the courthouse yard was well utilized today. Not a patch as large as a nickel was left unoccupied by resting people.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Two hundred members of the electrical workers union held a memorial service for L.B. Cornwall, Spency Lenny and T.R. Berquist, who recently lost their lives by accidents.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mel Hodge won the Rock Island city tennis tournament.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A reward for $3,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a double bombing in Rock Island has been posted by The Argus. The blasts were delivered in one-two fashion at the homes of A.F. Anderson, Jr., 712 25th St., foreman of The Argus composing room since the strike of union printers took place nearly seven months ago, and John T. Reagan, 839 24th St., secretary-treasurer and business representative of the Tri-City Pressmen's Union.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Transporation Secretary John Kramer says his department will replace the Knoxville Road bridge over Mill Creek, removing one of the last potential roadblocks to Milan's flood protection project.

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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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