Day in history for October 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A judge has decided that all regular crossing pedestrians have the right-of-way and drivers must pull up their horses. Pedestrians need not run, he said.

1878 -- 125 years ago
There will be a Sunday school convention in Reynolds on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for Rural, Bowling, Edgington, Andalusia, Buffalo Prairie and Drury townships.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A trustee deed for $7,500,000 on the Rock Island Improvement Company was filed yesterday.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Radio station WOC, Davenport, is being given assistance in controversy with the federal radio commission by William Butterworth, head of Deere and Co., Moline, and president of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

1953 -- 50 years ago
New York Store, Moline's oldest department store and among the three oldest department stores in the Quad-Cities today will observe the 69th anniversary of its founding in 1884. On the first day of business nearly three-quarters of a century ago, five employees reported for work. Today, the personnel of all departments number more than 200.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Jim Hecker says he's ``just a little old Iowa farm boy.'' To about 28,000 Deere And Co. employees around the nation, however, Hecker is much more than that. The 31-year-old East Moline resident was recently named an international representative in the United Auto Workers Union's agricultural implement department.

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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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