Day in history for March 25, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Suffering has been great among soldiers of the allies in the war with Russia, but something new has come upon the scene: female nurses. One company of English nurses is led by Florence Nightingale, an English heiress.

1880 -- 125 years ago
William Byrnes, bookkeeper at Crampton's Book Store, Rock Island, died at the age of 27. He had recently married.

1905 -- 100 years ago
William Jennings Bryan, former candidate for president, visited Rock Island Arsenal, dined with the Tri-City Press Club, and spoke in First Methodist Church, under auspices of the Rock Island YMCA.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Victory over Davenport gives the Rock Island High School debaters the Quad-Cities championship for this season. The Rock Island teams are composed of Willard Condo, Robert Tracy, Florence Lippens, Harold Grams, Roy Glockhoff and Henry Tallman.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Record-breaking cold, 5 above zero, is forecast for tonight in the Quad-Cities area. If the mercury plunges to 5 above it will be the lowest on record for so late in spring.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Three Rock Island Lines cars derailed at about 3 this morning at the 2300 block of 4th Avenue, Moline, spilling grain and blocking crossing gates between 8th and 23rd Streets until just after dawn.

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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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