Day in history for October 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is expected that Mr. Farnam will soon let the contract for building the railroad from Davenport to Fort Des Moines; and also, as soon as the surveys are completed; from that place to the Missouri River.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Barbed fencing has claimed another life. John Montgomery of Bowling lost a valuable colt when it became entangled in the wire.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Hollowbush left for Rochester, Minn., in the hope of bettering Mrs. Hollowbush's health.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Judge Floyd E. Thompson pledges action to solve the flood relief problem and develop waterway transportation.

1953 -- 50 years ago
June Haver admitted today that her attempt to be a nun has probably ended. The ex-movie queen earlier had insisted her departure from the Sisters of Charity School at Xavier, Kansas, was a temporary leave of absence, and she could return ``as soon as my strength permits.'' But today she told the United Press: ``I just physically am not able to do it.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
A ``substantial'' number of Moline policemen called in sick and stayed away from work today as a deadlock continues over a new contract. ``Just about everybody, with the exception of administrative people, stayed home,'' Mayor Lawrence Lorensen said this morning. ``The sick calls started coming in around 10 p.m. Sunday night,'' Police Chief Nial Hogeboom said this 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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