Day in history for February 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
150 years ago: The U.S. Senate has voted to make Rock Island a port of delivery. If the bill is passed by both houses, a customs official will be stationed here to collect taxes on goods imported from Europe and delivered here by steamboats.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The veteran doctors of Rock Island, Plummer, Truesdale, Craig, Galt, Bernhardi, Eyster, Carter, Cowden, Barth and McKee, surprised Dr. Patrick P. Gregg on his 70th birthday anniversary. Dr. Gregg has practiced in Rock Island since 1836.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island merchants will oppose allowing the Davenport and Suburban Railway Company to cross the bridges until it has built its proposed interurban line leading into Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The fourth annual Rock Island Auto Show opened in the Boone building, former textile mill, 5th Avenue and 13th Street.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Dr. Eduardo A. Ricaurte and Dr. Vincente Rodriguez, both of Quito, Ecuador, are taking their internship at Moline Public Hospital. Both young men hope to remain in the United States when they complete their education.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Resistance by physicians to the health maintenance organization being formed in the Quad-Cities still appears strong, but organizers say the concerns they've expressed are easing.

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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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