Day in history for September 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A total of 64 persons died of yellow fever in Norfolk, Va. A committee of city officials was enroute to Washington to ask the president to have the rest of the city's inhabitants evacuated to Ft. Monroe.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Union services in the courthouse square on the part of the Protestant churches of Rock Island were inaugurated at 4 in the afternoon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mayor McCaskrin recognized one of his opponents in the mayoral race last night by naming James W. Cavanaugh superintendent of waterworks.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Automobile races provided thrills for more than 4,000 persons at the Mercer County Fair at Aledo. Bryan Saulpaugh, Rock Island driver, hung up a new record for the half-mile dirt track when he traveled the distance in 28 seconds.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Work is expected to start this fall on a pari mutuel horse race track at Milan, hinging on final choosing of a site and obtaining construction and state racing permits.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline police officers staged an informational picket in front of city hall this morning saying they are fed up with the slow pace of contract talks between their union and the city.

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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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