Day in history for December 13, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Some miscreants are stealing The Argus from the doors where our carrier leaves the paper. A person who is too poor to pay $1.50 a year for a newspaper should be provided with room and board paid for by the state.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Colonel J.B. Danforth, who quit as co-publisher of The Argus June 1, will start a weekly, The Rock Islander, in cooperation with the Workingmen's county committee.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Captain John Streckfus has bought a $45,000 steamer now running on the Ohio and will use the packet in the Rock Island-Clinton trade next season.

1927 -- 75 years ago
George G. Perrin was appointed general counsel of Modern Woodmen of America.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Jenny Lind chapel and adjoining cemetery at Andover will become a memorial shrine of the Augustana Lutheran Church. This was decided at the annual meeting of the Andover Lutheran congregation, which voted to give the chapel and cemetery property to the Augustana Church.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A congressional subcommittee will tour the low-level radioactive waste disposal site at Sheffield. Ill. Atty. Gen. William Scott, who invited the committee, has charged that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has allowed the site to operate for almost ten years without required public hearings and an environmental impact report.

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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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