Day in history for September 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Citizens petition against night noises and the closing of saloons on Sunday. Committee named by council. Officials say it's not their job to police places; if anyone has complaint he should get warrant.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Charles W. Skinner will lecture Friday in Negus Hall on ``My First Journey Into Space.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
Modern Woodmen of America announced that members of the order who live in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri suffered losses totaling $1,800,000 in the recent Missouri River flood.

1928 -- 75 years ago
George C. Turner has been elected master councilor of Templer chapter of the DeMolay.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A Navy jet pilot with two broken legs, who had dragged himself about 200 yards in an unsuccessful attempt to reach a farmhouse, was found near Hooppole by Capt. John Zonge, Galesburg CAP flier. The Navy airman, Ensign J.J. Medder of Pittsburgh, Pa., had parachuted from his Navy Banshee craft which later burst into flames and crashed eight miles northeast of Geneseo.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Every year for 29 years, the men from Ammunition Train 54, World War I, have met in the Moline VFW for a steak dinner and some friendly reminiscing. But this weekend's meeting of these veterans of WWI was the final one. The average age of the veterans is 85 now, and most members of the group are either too ill to attend meetings anymore or have died.

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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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