Day in history for October 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Grand National Show and Equestrian Fair will be held at Galesburg on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. A gold watch and chain valued at $100 will be awarded to the best lady equestrian, a watch and chain will be given the next best and a locket worth $25 to the third-best rider.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Flour was advanced 20 cents a barrel.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. R.M. Pearce was elected president of the Rock Island County Dental Society.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Walter F. Schulz, engineer of the Inland Waterways Corp., expressed satisfaction at the progress being made in the construction of the Rock Island Barge Terminal.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The ancient sport of lawn bowling will be introduced in Moline for the first time next spring. A lawn bowling court, designed with space enough for three ''rinks,'' is now being completed in Riverside Park between 4th and 5th Ave. where the horseshoe courts have been. Harry M. Harris has been the driving force in a move to popularize lawn bowling in the Quad-Cities.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The 1981 cars are in the showrooms, and many Quad-City dealers are saying the smaller, more fuel-efficient models are giving their business the shot in the arm it needs.

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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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