Day in history for November 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Boxes will be placed in each Rock Island voting hall for contributions to the Washington monument. A dime from each inhabitant of the nation would bring in enough to complete this noble structure.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The 14th district of the Women's Relief Corps, an auxiliary to the G.A.R., convened in Rock Island County courthouse and elected Mrs. Sylvia Hemenway of Rock Island as secretary.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Burglars took $40 at the home of A.D. Welch last night. The money belonged to Miss Lura Lukens, a sister of Mrs. Welch.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Frank J. Budelier, Rock Island, was elected vice president and this city was chosen for the 1929 convention by the Illinois Association of Insurance Agents.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County drivers license examining station, which has been located at District 7 Illinois State Police headquarters in Black Hawk State Park, will be moved to Milan sometime next week. The Milan site will be a building adjacent to Bringer Inn.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island, will observe their 50th and 90th anniversaries. Grace Lutheran Church was organized in Rock Island's east end in 1888. One block away Zion Lutheran was organized three years later in 1891. In 1928, Grace and Zion churches merged.

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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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