Day in history for August 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Matthew Felix was appointed postmaster at Illinois City to replace D.G. Moore, who had retired.

1880 -- 125 years ago
On 48 hours notice, the Democrats of Rock Island pulled off a large mass meeting at Market Square. There was a torchlight parade, after which glowing tributes were paid to General Hancock, presidential nominee, and to Judge Trumbull, nominee for governor.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The funeral of Henry B. Sudlow was held at the family home in Rock Island. The Rev. W.S. Marquis officiated at the ceremony.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs and New York Giants were preparing for one of the most crucial series of the season. At the time the Cubs were leading the National League by three games, with the Giants in second place.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline and Maine Township High School summer bands were co-winners in the Class AA state band competition at the Illinois State Fair.

1980 -- 25 years ago
After years of assistance to area fire protection districts on a ''temporary'' basis, Silvis officials have decided to set up formal contracts to provide radio dispatching service for fire calls to Carbon Cliff, Colona and Hampton.

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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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