Day in history for July 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
By reference to an advertisement in our paper today, it will be seen that Capt. May offers for sale a number of town lots in the flourishing village of Port Byron.

1880 -- 125 years ago
County Clerk Donaldson issued a marriage license to Swan Youngren and Miss Ida Hedberg, both of Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The ferry Davenport was tied up at the Rock Island levee today, while her boilers were cleaned and minor repairs made in the engine room.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Wilbur DePauw of Geneseo won the rifle marksmanship tournament yesterday afternoon at Camp Mansur, the outing place of the Moline Council of Boy Scouts, near Silvis.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Loraine Wright and Theodora Wannack, both of Rock Island, took off this morning from their home port, the Ship's Wheel on Campbell's Island, on a two-week cruise up the Mississippi River to Minneapolis in their outboard motorboat, ``The Ta-Ta.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
A $10,000 closed-circuit camera has been stolen from International Harvester's Farmall Plant. Melvin Way, Farmall security guard, told police the camera was placed 40 feet above the ground, but could have been reached from a nearby rooftop.

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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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