Day in history for September 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We now get our Chicago mail in 20 hours. The railroad has reached Indiantown (Tiskilwa) 65 miles away.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Boat Club's new cedar gig is arousing many favorable comments.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Floods along the upper Mississippi River have brought an increase in rafting activity. Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann mill is expecting logs from Stillwater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Hoover and Emmerson lead in Argus straw vote at Mercer County Fair.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Approximately 4,700 customers of the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. are being notified to make arrangements for use of a fuel other than gas for space heating during the coming winter. Officials of the utility firm said they have been informed by the National Gas Pipeline Co. of America, supplier of natural gas for this area, that gas from the Herscher underground storage field for the coming heating season can not be assured at this time.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Claiming he was forced to play music on the air which he found ``personally offensive'' and which he described as being ``blatant sexism,'' Jack Carey, early-morning disc jockey on WQUA Radio, Moline, has turned in his resignation, effective Sept. 23. The song in question is ``(I Want To) Kiss You All Over,'' recorded by a group called Exile.

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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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