Day in history for June 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A very pretty little craft has just been completed here and departed for her destination. She is called H.S. Allen and will run on the Chippewa River.

1880 -- 125 years ago
This is a happy day for the boys and girls as the schools close today for the summer vacation.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The past month has been a record breaker in the amount of work accomplished at the great Rock Island railway shops at East Moline.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker, contented and happy, greets friends at home upon occasion of her 104th birthday anniversary.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Six-year-old Stevie Gardener attracted the attention of motorists when they saw him hitchhiking near 34th St. and 7th Ave., Moline, and they notified police. A squad car took Stevie to his parents, who said they weren't aware that their underwear and shoe clad youngster had wandered out of the yard.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Dorrance Park, used weekly by hundreds of ballplayers, could be closed next Wednesday unless Rock Island County pays Port Byron $181 in water bills, some more than a year overdue.

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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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