Day in history for September 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The mayor has been authorized to buy land (Market Square) for the erection of a combination market house and city hall thereon.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Athletic Club gave a reception at the new Harper Opera House last night.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Miss Lucy Frysinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Frysinger, was married at 1 p.m. today, in Trinity Episcopal Church, to Carroll Atwood Nettleton, Chicago. The Rev. F.A. Heisley officiated.

1928 -- 75 years ago
New Royal Neighbor building will be dedicated Oct. 17.

1953 -- 50 years ago
In the wake of Russia's H-bomb announcement, the United States government has tagged 193 American cities as probable targets of atomic attack, 70 of them ``critical.'' The Quad-Cities area was placed on the critical list because of its World War II arms production at the Rock Island Arsenal, the Mississippi River locks, which control river traffic; three major farm equipment manufacturers, and the Aluminum Corporation of America plant at Bettendorf, the second largest aluminum sheet metal plate company in the world.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The two concrete lions had been standing on guard in Ronald P. Edstrand's front yard for so long they had become a permanent part of the neighborhood. They seemed immovable. Edstrand reported to Moline police that someone came into his yard at 222 13th Ave., Moline, and stole the two lions. Each lion weighed 150 lbs.

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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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