Day in history for May 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council will soon change its place of meeting to Bailey And Boyle's block. A very good room is now being fitted up for that purpose.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Athletics organized a four-oared shell team. Members were T.J. Rodman, Keeley Guyer, Robert Chamberlain and Mr. Mixter.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester W. McMaster, Rock Island, observed their 64th wedding anniversary.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Al Capone slept on a jail cot in Miami, Fla., a prisoner for the second time since Miami authorities determined to cut short his stay there by arresting him on sight. Capone was attending a boxing match when police made the arrest.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Spreading rails were blamed today for a wreck on the Rock Island Lines tracks at 2nd Ave. W. in Milan. Two cars of a south bound 6-car switch train loaded with gravel and consigned to Milan were derailed.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Garfield School, Moline, has a new ''R2D2 Trash Trolley.'' The ''Star Wars'' trash can, built by Charles Titus, an industrial arts teacher at Moline High School, and painted by Mary Kinder of the Garfield PTA, was a project of the PTA environmental action committee.

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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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