Day in history for March 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Parker Earle, Esq., will visit Rock Island, Keithsburg, Oquawka and Monmouth for mass meetings of the Maine Law Alliance. The ''Maine Law'' prohibits the sale of intoxicating liquor.

1879 -- 125 years ago
In their 24-hour match in Turner Hall, Rock Island, Sam Finley walked 72 miles and John Hass 69. The winner received $25.37 and the loser $11.81 in a division of the admission receipts.

1904 -- 100 years ago
At the Democratic County convention the Medill-Sexton faction was recognized as the regularly chosen one and its delegates were seated.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Charlotte Murray Russell won The Argus prize for the best solution of ''The Black Pigeon'' mystery story. (Since then Mrs. Russell has written more than twenty mystery novels.)

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Iowa Executive Council turned over a ''forgotten'' $10,000 personal gift to the Iowa Annie Wittenmyer Orphan Home at Davenport, more than 10 years after it was received. Dr. B.J. Palmer, owner of the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport and of the Central Broadcasting Co., gave the money in December, 1943.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Shoppers at Rock Island's K-Mart Discount Store were safely evacuated when a fire broke out in the garden department Monday afternoon. The blaze may have been the work of an arsonist. A young man was seen tossing a match onto a counter containing macrame plant holders just before the fire began.

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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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