Day in history for December 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There is plenty of gas now, but of such a base quality as to drive people from the houses where it is used. It has already been shut off from some hotels, stores and private houses, and candles substituted.

1880 -- 125 years ago
W.G. Morris and J.F. Angrum announced themselves as candidates for sheriff.

1905 -- 100 years ago
James M. Buford, president of the Rock Island Savings Bank, died at 11:30 this morning at his home. He was born in Versailles, Ky., in 1832, a son of the late John Buford, who moved with his family to what was then the village of Stephenson, the present Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson of Rock Island today announced he will be a candidate for a third consecutive term.

1955 -- 50 years ago
On Christmas Eve, a life-size portrait of herself was given by Mrs. Charles F. Carpentier, 256 16th Ave., East Moline, to her husband, the Illinois Secretary of State. The oil was done by Ladd Yuhash, Rock Island, and is 35 x 48 inches.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Phillip Nelson, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Moline, is leaving after 11 years there to become pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda, northwest of Chicago.

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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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