Day in history for March 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Because of a new railway, Lusk and Pence have reduced the fare on their old-line Rock Island-Moline hacks to 10 cents each way.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Republicans of the Fourth Ward caucused and nominated Patrick Kennedy for alderman.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A Republican rally for Frank O. Lowden for governor was held at the Black Hawk Club. Four boxing bouts were on the program.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A jury awarded A.B. and H.R. Cox $25,041 insurance as a result of robbery of their jewelry store. A robber wearing a Santa Claus suit had held up the store during the Christmas shopping season.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The women classroom teachers in the Davenport Public School System made plans to ask for an increase in their annual salary following an announcement that men teachers launched a campaign for a $200 a year boost. Women teachers receive $300 less per year than the men.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Mississippi Valley Coon Hunters Association claim they have the oldest coon club in Illinois. Though the group wasn't chartered until April 1962, its actual beginning dates back to the 1920s. With a present membership of 75, the club was making plans at a recent meeting to hold a field trial April 29 three miles south of Reynolds. A field trial is a racing type event in which dogs are let loose at one spot, follow a pre-set trail and bark at a coon caged in a tree.

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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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