Day in history for March 31, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The new woodhouse at the depot was blown down by strong winds yesterday.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Men who boast of their walking prowess are issuing challenges for more marathon walking races to be held in Turner's Hall.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John L. Sullivan, once the great fighting champion, is now so overweight he can hardly walk. His hair is white, and his face is wrinkled.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The weather outlook is for showers and cooler on Easter.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 marbles, varying from the tiny commies to the huge, heavy 2-inch diameter boulders are in the strange but fascinating collection gathered together over a span of 52 years by Ludwig P. Chansky, 60, of 1717 25th St., Rock Island. He has about 3,500 of the commies, the small clay-type marble rarely seen anymore. He has chinnie marbles and a number of bonnies, which were originally made from a large dice.

1979 -- 25 years ago
David Stone, president of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau Board, put a little corn in his car's fuel tank when he was the first customer for gasohol at the Whiteside FS Inc. in Lyndon. Gasohol is a mixture of 90 percent regular or unleaded gasoline and 10 percent alcohol made from corn. Gasohol could provide an economic boost for farmers by cutting the corn surplus and giving farmers a second product market.

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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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