Day in history for October 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Some person ignited a small quantity of powder which was in one of the barracks at Fort Armstrong, setting fire to and entirely consuming the barracks, seven in number, and one of the block forts. About 100 men with buckets tried unsuccessfully to quench the blaze, after being conveyed to the island by Capt. Robinson's ferry boat.

1880 -- 125 years ago
George Steel was elected secretary of the Rock Island Building Assn. in place of C.R. Chamberlain.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Judge William G. Gest resigned as judge of the appellate court. Judge F.D. Ramsey of Morrison succeeded him.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A girls debate team from Augustana College was awarded the championship of the Illinois Debate League for 1930.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Building fires in Rock Island during the past year were reduced almost 50 percent, from 103 to 58. Fire Chief Charles J. Wahlheim credits the reduction in large part to greater awareness through fire prevention and inspection efforts.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Tom Kallman family, 2009 4th St., Moline, has a brand new member, but they're not sure if they're happy about it. A friendly raccoon has taken up residence in 13-year-old Tommy Kallman's treehouse.

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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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