Day in history for September 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Fort Madison is reported to have subscribed $125,000 in stock of the Warsaw and Rockford railroad which will run through Rock Island and Moline.

1878 -- 125 years ago
General William T. Sherman visited Rock Island Arsenal today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A morning fire in the Rock Island Cotton Mattress Company resulted in a loss of $7,000.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island was awarded the 1929 state convention of the American Legion today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Melvin Garber, eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Garber, 19 Hillcrest Ct., Rock Island, was doing some weeding in the front yard last June and came on a ``weed'' about six inches high growing from a crack between the wall of the house and the sidewalk. He smelled the weed and thought it might be a tomato plant. The rest of the family declared it a weed, but Melvin defended it. Melvin watered and tended the weed and watched little green balls expand. Recently, the balls began to turn red and Melvin picked the first one. It looked like a tomato, it smelled like a tomato, yes, it even tasted like a tomato and Melvin was vindicated.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Four Barstow boys apparently were gearing up for a huge breakfast. The boys were nabbed by Rock Island County sheriff's police and a Burlington-Northern railroad detective for allegedly taking four full cases of breakfast cereal off a boxcar here.

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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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