Day in history for October 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Where is the quarterly report of that wildcat bank? The public wants to know if it has given up entirely or will it try to keep up an appearance of business for a few more weeks.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Methodist conference returned the Rev. George R. Palmer to the pastorate of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Caroline Rosenfield was united in marriage at 6 o'clock last evening to Ferdinand Levy.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The German airship Graf Zeppelin landed at Lackhurst today after completing a 110-hour trans-Atlantic flight from Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Another major fire, the third this year, occurred in Monmouth this morning as the McCullough Lumber and Coal Co. property was destroyed by a blaze which swept the building at 101 E. 4th Ave. Several carloads of coal and lumber were burned in the spectacular blaze, which could be seen for several miles. Damage may reach $200,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Efforts to beautify downtown Rock Island are being nipped in the bud by hit-and-run blossom bandits. In the past month, about 500 taxpayer-bought chrysanthemums have been purloined from the Great River Plaza. About 2,800 of the red, yellow and orange mums, costing $1 each, not including labor, were planted.

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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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