Day in history for December 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We learn from Dr. Ciolina that a German butcher was bitten in the hand by a rabid dog. The doctor was called in less than 10 minutes and extirpated the infected part, then exploded the wounds with gun powder and, after cauterization, dressed the hand.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Charles G. Hengstler is a Republican candidate for county sheriff.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Oscar A. Barnhart, once interested in the Rock Island Union, died in Chicago last week.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An escaped convict sought for more than a week by Rock Island police as the shotgun bandit who recently staged a series of holdups here is in a hospital in Chillicothe, Mo. He is Ross Castle, 24, who escaped from the state penitentiary at Joliet Dec. 2.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County school officials expressed unanimous opinion that it would be completely impractical to use the former watch factory on Vandruff's Island as a high school building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Silvis trees are being trimmed, treated and wrapped under the direction of Daniel Voltz as part of the city's new forestry program. The 26-year-old East Moline man was hired two weeks ago to begin nursery and tree care programs for Silvis residents.

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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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