Day in history for September 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was announced that a meeting of Rock Islanders favorable to a library was a success and that $500 was subscribed by those present at the First Presbyterian Church.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The new Trinity Episcopal Chapel, 7th St. and 4th Ave., Rock Island, was completed and the first service was scheduled for next Sunday.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Raymond C. Ricker wrote an interesting letter to The Argus from Chentu, West China, which was published.

1930 -- 75 years ago
C.J. Shaw, general secretary of the Rock Island YMCA, tendered his resignation to accept a similar post in Tacoma, Wash.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A thief got to a milk bottle on the Sidney Adams porch, 246 40th St., Moline, before the milkman did, Moline police were told last night, and appropriated the $15 put out to pay the dairy bill.

1980 -- 25 years ago
At the Rock Island County Courthouse, First Lady Rosalynn Carter today called her husband a calm, proven leader and urged a united Democratic effort. Speaking to a lunch-hour crowd of about 500 sign-waving, cheering people, she issued a call for Democratic unity to win elections ''from the local level all the way up to the presidency.''

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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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