Day in history for July 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council paid for a lock for the town cemetery gate the other day. Wonder who has care of it? A drove of cattle were in the grounds today and the gate was open.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mayor E.P. Reynolds and his estimable wife will open the beautiful grounds surrounding their home at 5th Avenue and 30th Street for a Temperance lawn party tomorrow night. Amusements and refreshments suitable to the occasion will be provided.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The 13th annual convention of the Bankers Association of Illinois is being held in the Illinois Theater, Rock Island. Three hundred bankers are here.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A new school will be sought to relieve crowded conditions at the Frances Willard School.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The sale of Smith Bros. And Burdick Co., 726 Federal St., Davenport, a wholesale food-distributing firm, for a reported $50,000 to $75,000, was announced today. Don Lynn, a Davenport businessman in the institutional food distributing business for the last four years, is the new owner.

1978 -- 25 years ago
For seven tense minutes, crash-rescue firemen stood by at the Quad-City Airport, waiting for potential disaster. About 28,000 feet overhead, three of the four engines powering a Boeing 720 leased by Caesar's World entertainment conglomerate were stalled. Just as they were setting up for the approach, the pilot was able to restart the engines.

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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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