Day in history for April 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The new postage law, which took effect April 1, requires the senders, not the receivers, to pay the postage. We notice a long list, posted in the post office, of letters which have been mailed without being pre-paid.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lawrence Kramer, pressman at The Argus, was 26 years old yesterday and therefore Bleuer's band surprised him last night with a serenade at his home.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Twin-City Master Horseshoers Protective Association elected C.S. Albertson, Moline, president.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Henry C. Hinrichs was reelected as chairman of the Rock Island County Democratic Committee.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Veteran cribbage player, John Vetterlund, 1013 23rd Ave., Rock Island, thinks he has seen almost everything now. Playing the game alone, as he often does, Mr. Vetterlund came up with a perfect hand, a hand which, by the way, gives the player a total of 29 points.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Metropolitan Airport Authority today decided not to build a 2,000-square-foot extension to the present terminal building for commuter airline operations.

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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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