Day in history for August 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Workmen in Rhode Island have agreed with their employers on a short work week of 69 hours, or 11 1/2 hours a day. In Massachusetts and Connecticut mills, it is customary at this season for employees to work not less than 13 hours a day.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Charles Bloom, night clerk at the Harper House, is creating a card showing the time of arrival and departure of all trains entering Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council is taking measures to prevent the waste of water at schools and other public institutions.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Port Byron today opened a centennial celebration.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Newspaper carriers demonstrated how sharp they were at hitting porches with papers as the Rock Island County Fair got under way at Illiniwek Preserve near Hampton. It was the first time in the fair's history that a newspaper-throwing contest had been held. The rules were based on those used at the Illinois State Fair, where the contest is an annual affair.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Herb Liljegren thinks of himself these days as ``The Last of the Mohicans.'' Herb, 86, says he's the last living businessman to have operated a store on 3rd Avenue in Moline before World War I. ``There aren't many of us old guys left around town anymore,'' says Liljegren, viewing progress on the city's 5th Avenue redevelopment project.

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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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