Day in history for May 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A destructive fire consumed most of the business district in Springfield. Damage was estimated at more than $150,000.

1880 -- 125 years ago
John B. Hawler headed a delegation of citizens and left for Springfield to attend the state Republican convention.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club was entertained at Mississippi Park by the Mississippi Park Association.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Farmer's State Bank in Orion was closed for examination and adjustment, tying up more than a half-million dollars in deposits.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline's roaming deer got into the news again today. Reported yesterday morning near the southwest end of Riverside Park, the animal was sighted again about 5:45 a.m. today at 10th St. and 6th Ave., half the city away from its former stamping grounds.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A dedication ceremony and public tours of the newly completed building addition and remodeling of Hammond-Henry District Hospital will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the hospital, 210 W. Elk St., Geneseo.

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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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