Day in history for October 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The list of prizes awarded at the first annual Rock Island County Fair is published today. The fair was held on the courthouse lawn.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Methodist conference returned the Rev. George R. Palmer to serve another year as pastor of the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church, much to the pleasure of Rock Island people.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Walker Whiteside, the famous actor, drew a large audience to the Illinois Theater last night, when he appeared in ``We Are King.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Virginia Lee and Carl L. Wilson are the local winners in a nationwide radio vocal contest.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Approximately a third of the wells at Scott County rural schools are being rated as unsatisfactory, according to reports on water samples being received from the state hygienic laboratory at Iowa City. In cases where the water samples are reported unsatisfactory, the health department will notify the school board with the recommendation that the wells be chlorinated.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police have received a complaint of littering -- at the city dump. A patrolman was dispatched to the Rock Island landfill concerning garbage being dumped at the entrance. Landfill supervisor Roy McGuire told police the incident happened after the landfill closed for the day and was discovered the next morning.

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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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