Day in history for July 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Three deck hands were killed when the chimney blew down on the steamer Michigan between Rock Island and Muscatine during the high windstorm yesterday.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Another gang of boys has been arrested, this time for throwing stones at members of the Athletic Boat Club as they launched their boats from the boathouse. The leader of the boys was tried and sent to jail for 20 days.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Orders have arrived for the manufacture of the new Springfield rifle at Rock Island Arsenal. Plans call for the production of 125 rifles a day.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ben T. Reidy and R.A. Jacobson were chosen to represent Rock Island at a hearing on location of a barge terminal in the Quad-Cities.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Wells School District No. 46 was annexed to East Moline District No. 37 by the Rock Island County Board of School Trustees. The action, which increases the territory of the East Moline district by about a third, was taken after a public hearing in the county courtroom. No objectors to the annexation appeared at the session.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Construction of Moline's 5th Avenue redevelopment project began today with predictions it would mark the beginning of a downtown renaissance. Lucille Beling, wife of the late Earl Beling, signaled the start of construction by cracking a champagne bottle against a backhoe at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 16th Street.

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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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