Day in history for September 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Albert Butcher today was granted a license to maintain a grocery and billiard tables on payment of $150 annual license fee.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Rev. J.B. Findley conducted services at Broadway Presbyterian Church this morning.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``A Ruined Life'' was the attraction at the Illinois Theater this evening.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Coal miners are reported to be practically a unit for candidacy of Judge Floyd E. Thompson.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 33-year-old Rock Island man was rescued by fellow workmen after being buried under dirt and debris in a 14-foot ditch on a sewer construction job at West Central Park Avenue and Division Street, Davenport. The victim, Everett Summers, 502 23rd St., Rock Island, incurred possible back and internal injuries. He also received lacerations and bruises on the face.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Upper Rock Island County Family YMCA is planning a major expansion of its facility, projected to cost $1.5 million -- as much as the original building did eight years ago. Under discussion the past two years, the 20,000-square-foot expansion would increase the size of the 53,000-square-foot facility by more than 40 percent, to 73,000 square feet. The center, at 2040 53rd St., Moline, is severely overcrowded, according to executive director Bruce Bromley. He said facilities for women, in particular, are lacking.

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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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