Day in history for December 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The population of Rock Island is how many thousand? We are utterly astonished upon receipt of the information that the number of pupils furnished by this population to fill our seminary or academy is the insignificant one of but 22.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The monthly meeting of the local branch of the Irish Land League was held yesterday afternoon at Norris Hall. Dan Daly, chairman of the executive committee, made a report and several new members were received.

1905 -- 100 years ago
W.P. Eichelsdoerfer returned today from a hunting trip in the course of which he went by mule team from Chamberlain, S.D., to the Bad Lands.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The central depot of The Argus Emergency Relief Committee received wide cooperation as it opened today at 425 17th St., Rock Island. The fund now totals nearly $8,000.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Milan Village Board last night authorized overtures toward bringing back the Memri Drive-In Theater back inside the village limits.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Commonwealth Edison Co. once again is asking for approval to ship spent nuclear fuel from its Dresden Power Station in Morris to the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station in Cordova.

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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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