Day in history for February 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Tomorrow evening is to be the great gathering of charitable people at the Island City Hotel. Every dollar taken for tickets will be handed over to a committee of ladies whose duty it will be to relieve the wants of the needy.

1880 -- 125 years ago
S.J. Collins has today commenced work fitting up the store on the corner of 17th Street and 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, as a liquor store.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The saloons of Geneseo closed Saturday afternoon on hearing the ruling of Judge Gest that they were not operating legally.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Helen Hazard of Rock Island has been appointed superintendent of the new Illinois reformatory for women.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A fortunate discovery and fast leg work on the part of the Rev. Arthur T. Clark prevented what might have been a disastrous blaze Sunday evening at South Park Presbyterian Church, 1501 30th St., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A former Davenport basketball star and a pilot were seriously injured early today when their airplane crashed in the front yard of a Rock Island home. Tony McAndrews, 37, an assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa and candidate for head coach at Iowa State University, was listed in serious but stable condition at Franciscan Hospital.

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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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