Day in history for August 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Gov. Barstow, Wisconsin, received the nomination for reelection, having 108 votes out of a possible 126 on informal ballots.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A fishway was being constructed at the Little Dam, in accordance with a law ruling that fishways must be constructed near each dam.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The conference of the Christian Volunteers closed in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Taking the pylons at 120.77 miles an hour in a Monocoupe, Vern Roberts of Moline won the 25-mile men's cabin ship race in the National Air Races at Chicago. Bart Stevenson, also of Moline, finished third.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Millwork Co., 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, was closed today for cleanup operations after Rock Island firemen were called to the plant five times yesterday. The trouble centered in a 4-story brick sawdust storage building at the north end of the plant.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Kathy Campbell, 21, of Rock Island, and about 60 other riders left the Rock Island YMCA last Saturday for a four-night, five-day ride to the Indiana state line. Sponsored by the Joliet YMCA and Bicycle Club, the trip drew riders ranging in age from 15 to 56 years.

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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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