Day in history for April 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Eli C. Smith, principal of the Rock Island Seminary (private high school), has accepted an agreeable situation in the new seminary at Dixon. He wil be succeeded here by Darwin S. Smith, Zanesville, Ohio.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Wide Awake Hose, Hook and Ladder volunteer firemen's company gave a ball which was largely attended last night in Turner Hall.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Liquor Dealers Protective Association met today to discuss doing away with free lunches, which are under criticism by temperance and prohibition advocates.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Federal prohibition officers arrested 29 people as the agents raided 12 places in Moline, six in East Moline, and two in Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 3-story brick building, costing $500,000, which will provide quarters for 100 girl students and a girls' dining room and lounge for the entire college will be erected on the old Davis estate by Augustana College.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Marysue Salmon, Moline, who teaches French cooking in her own school, ''Cuisine,'' recently was offered a place in a group of 10 women who were to spend a week studying with Simone Beck, world-renowned French cook, author and teacher, at her estate in Nice.

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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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