Day in history for November 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
People crossing the river now can appreciate the good fire kept in the comfortable saloon of the Rock Island-Davenport ferry. Our people would hardly be satisfied to go back to the old horse-powered boats and skiffs.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Nine upper river steamboats have laid up at Kahlke's boatyard for the winter repairs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The packet Winona will make its last trip to Clinton Saturday and the Helen Blair will make its last run to Burlington Sunday, after which they will lay up at Kahlke's and the river will be without passenger boats until spring.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Davenport High School defeated Rock Island's football team in the last two minutes, 12 to 10. Halfback Carl Brachtel scored all of Rock Island's points.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline Police Chief Mauritz Nelson had the easiest assignment of his more than 20 years on the police department. He had a letter from Mrs. B.R. Newcomb, Richmond, Wash., asking him for information about a great-uncle, Eli DeReu, who had lived in Moline in the horse and buggy days. It was just as easy as going next door because that's where the DeReu's live, next door to the Nelson residence, at 2431 5th St.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Members of Grace Baptist Church, East Moline, held a special service and open house Sunday to celebrate the church's 25th anniversary.

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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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