Day in history for August 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We learn from Dr. Gregg that Mr. Eby, the young man who was so badly injured at Moline, is recovering.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At the most exciting public meeting ever held in the courthouse, citizens demanded that the Rock Island council appropriate $135 to build a sewer from Harper's new opera house.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Arthur Mosenfelder, captain of the Rock Island High School football team, has called the first practice session.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Albert Gadient won the golf championship of Black Hawk Hills Country Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
It looks as though saddles are the great All-American shoes as far as Rock Island's younger generation, now preparing for back-to-school, is concerned. In shop windows and on well-stocked shelves, you'll see the ``hardy perennial'' in brown-and-white, blue-and-white, black-and-white and red-and-white.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Burgers! Tacos! And more burgers! A person can't walk or drive down Moline's 23rd Avenue without being bombarded by signs urging him to buy something, eat something, or both. Moline is close to passing a sign ordinance that would limit the height, size and placement of signs. The ordinance would have no effect on existing signs, but if one that violated the ordinance was destroyed, the owner would not be allowed to put up a similar one. No string lights or flashing or rotating signs are allowed.

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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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