Day in history for September 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The hog crop for the coming season will be immense. The number will be at the lowest calculation, ten percent greater; and from present prospects, the price will be considerably less than last year.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A bazaar for the benefit of St. Joseph's Catholic Church is in progress.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Capt. A.M. Blakesley disposed of his interest in the Rock Island Stove Company to his business associates Phil Mitchell and Frank Mixter and, with his wife, left for California.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Bert Durkee has been elected president of the senior class of Rock Island High School.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fireworks may open at the Rock Island City Council meeting when the council considers a recommendation for Long View Park as the site for the city's $300,000 swimming pool. Attorney Norman R. Walker, Rock Island, said he will head an organized delegation of Long View Park area residents protesting such a pool site choice. It is reported the group favors the use of a site purchased by the previous administration at 35th Street and 23rd Avenue.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The acquisition of a computerized pulmonary and cardiovascular evaluation system at Lutheran Hospital, Moline, was announced today by Kenneth Moburg, hospital president. Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary underwrote $75,000 of the cost of the $95,000 life-saving equipment, Moburg said.

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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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