Day in history for January 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Many of our patrons who prefer to pay for the paper every week forgot to leave the change with their families so that the carrier cannot make his collections regularly.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The new paper mill in Milan will be ready to make paper about Oct. 1. Paper is selling at $2.25 per hundred pounds at Chicago. Last year the price was $1.45.

1906 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton, president of the Rock Island Baseball Association, is in Chicago attending the meeting of the National Association of Minor Leagues.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Robert E. Monroe, 4, and his baby sister Joyce, 1, children of Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance E. Monroe, died in St. Anthony's Hospital, as results of burns sustained yesterday in an explosion of a gasoline stove at their home, 910 12th St., Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island patrolman confirmed reports that he quit the police force. Darrel G. Reynolds, 36, of 2709 9th St., Rock Island, said he resigned because ''the present pay scale of the department is not enough for a man to provide for a family.''

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline's LeClaire Hotel is closing its 15th floor banquet rooms Jan. 31, and limiting hours of The Prime Rib Room restaurant beginning Friday.

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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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