Day in history for August 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
B.G. Briggs has located his Premium bakery in Rock Island. He runs a team to accommodate his customers and sells his goods at the David Bowen and John Moore grocery stores.

1878 -- 125 years ago
According to the new directory, just published, the population of Rock Island is 11,828 and that of Moline 7,390.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. J.A. Bingaman, pastor of McKinley Baptist Church, preached his farewell sermon today. He leaves to take chare of Zion Baptist Church, Omaha.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Republicans of Rock Island and Mercer Counties endorsed Cyrus E. Dietz of Moline for nomination to the Illinois Supreme Court.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Burglars who tore a hole in a wall at an auto service station at 907 9th St., Rock Island, obtained about $2 in pennies, Rock Island police were informed Thursday. Operators of the station, James and Jack Skyles, reported about $15 damage was done to the wall. The entry reportedly occurred Wednesday night or early Thursday.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It seems that some people will steal just about anything, including a city street. The street in question, long-abandoned 22nd Street between 12th and 16th Avenues in Rock Island, is made of old-fashioned bricks, or at least it used to be. People have been digging up bricks from the blocked-off street and taking them home for sidewalks, decorations and other uses.

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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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