Day in history for July 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Argus said: An editor's wage should be the equivalent of $1 a day. Hence if somebody asks him to write a notice which will run a column and a half, he will use half an hour of his time and expound nearly 5 cents worth of effort.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Places on the Rock Island school board were won by H.C. Cleaveland and David Donaldson in an exciting election.

1903 -- 100 years ago
M.A. Patterson, assistant general freight agent of the Rock Island Lines, was presented with a gold watch and chain by friends at a banquet at Watch Tower Inn. He will move soon to Kansas City.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island welcomed a party of Chicago Boy Scouts who ended a Rock River canoe trip at this point.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Using hammers, bars and explosives, yeggs broke into a vault and blasted open a steel safe in the office of the Midway Oil Co. bulk plant, 4301 1st Ave., Rock Island. Gerald H. Falder, Sr., president of the firm, said more than $600 in cash was stolen and damage estimated at $500 was done.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Work is beginning on the Quad-City Center, a tourist and truck stop complex and industrial park at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Illinois 5, six years after the project first was planned. Moline's Weir Realty Co. and Land Dynamics, a St. Louis development firm, are beginning initial traffic studies at the site.

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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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