Day in history for July 25, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
At the Rock Island County Fair this season, $18,500 will be paid in premiums.

1901 -- 100 years ago
As anticipated, yesterday proved the hottest of the season and the century as well as of all recorded time in local weather circles. Observer Sherier reported 106, a degree above the best former efforts.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The work of setting foundations for the 31 electroliers, which are to be installed in Long View Park in Rock Island has been completed.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two feature articles written by Richard N. Gage, Argus reporter, have been reprinted in the July issue of the Rock Island Lines News Digest. The stories originally appeared in The Argus in May. The articles tell Gage's experiences riding to Chicago in the cab of a diesel engine and his return to Rock Island in a steam engine.

1976 -- 25 years ago
After living the last year and a half in Australia, the James DeBo family returned home to Hampton from ``down under'' to find their house decorated with ``welcome home'' signs by friends and neighbors. DeBo had been transferred by Deere to Perth, Australia, where he worked as project manager for business systems. The DeBo family also spent two weeks on their return home in New Zealand and several days in Tahiti and the Fiji Islands. Mrs. DeBo said, ``We enjoyed it there, but we are glad to get back home.''

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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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