Day in history for July 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Notice the new advertisement of Messrs. J.G. Blythe And Co. in this paper. Mr. Sweetland, the new partner, is a very active and enterprising mechanic and a valuable accession to the firm.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Two to three hundred tramps are idle in Davenport while the papers are filled with advertisements calling for laborers.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Louisa Vandruff, a resident of the Milan vicinity since 1843, died at 73.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Governor Len Small denied clemency to two men who are serving terms in the penitentiary for the murder of John Connor Looney during a gang battle in Rock Island Oct. 6, 1922.

1953 -- 50 years ago
As a precaution against the possibilities of contamination pets should be kept away from the old abandoned dump on 7th Street, East Moline, until the drive being made there against rats has been completed. Large quantities of poison have been spread over the old dumping area in an effort to rid the place of rodents and the poison is a type to which pets and humans are susceptible.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Moline man escaped serious injury after his car collided with a railroad ``speed sweeper'' at 17th St. this morning. The sweeper clears the tracks of stray metal. Vern Kingery, 1516 16th Ave., Moline, said he was crossing the tracks on a green light when the railroad vehicle struck his car.

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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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