Day in history for August 30, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Murray McConnell of Illinois, the newly appointed auditor of the treasury, reached Washington, was sworn in and assumed his position.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Democrats of Milan organized a Hancock and English club with a membership of over 600 members.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.W. Scott, his wife and their daughter Jean, of Springfield, were guests at the home of Orrin Leonard. Dr. Scott was secretary to the state board of health.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs were in first place in the race for the National League pennant, closely followed by the New York Giants. The Philadelphia Athletics paced the American League.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Facilities for an Air Force reserve squadron, involving construction expenditures estimated at $3,000,000 to $5,000,000, are proposed for the Quad-City area. No decision has been made whether the base would be located at Quad-City Airport, south of Moline, or the Davenport Municipal Airport at Mt. Joy.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Junk cars will soon be a thing of the past in Silvis as city and county officials begin marking and towing the vehicles by authorization of a new abandoned auto ordinance.

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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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