Day in history for July 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus reported that the wheat crop promised to be one of the best in recent years and that prospects for early potato and fruit crops were encouraging.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Judge John Kistler died at the home of James Platt, his son-in-law, in Reynolds. He was one of the oldest settlers of this county.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At the 18th annual election of offices of the Black Hawk Building, Home and Savings Association, E.D. Sweeney was named president and H.H. Cleaveland, vice president.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Residents of Daisburg-Altstafen, Germany, were thrown into a panic by the early morning earthquake which rocked furniture and shook pictures from the walls. People ran into the streets fearing disaster but no casualties were reported.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Addition of $500,000 sales volume a year for Montgomery Elevator Co. of Moline will result from the purchase of Peterson And Cowan Elevator Co., Ltd., pioneer Vancouver, B.C., industry.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Walt Schafer, 73, of Silvis, has been converting the engines of his cars to use liquid propane (LP) fuel for about 20 years. He recently added the special conversion equipment to his 10th car.

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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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