Day in history for February 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A locomotive which was being hauled over the river on sleds for the M And M Railroad was nearly capsized and detained several hours in the middle of the river.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Davenport was supporting 187 saloons, according to an estimate released today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
H.A.J. McDonald will assume office as postmaster on March 1, succeeding T.H. Thomas.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City boxing fans will have the privilege of seeing 32 rounds of boxing and a 1-fall wrestling match at the Davenport Coliseum tonight, with the battle between Jock Malone, St. Paul Flash, and Kid Leonard of East Moline, as the headliner.

1956 -- 50 years ago
About 90 persons attended the first reunion of the Rock Island Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc., last night at the Harper House Ballroom.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A Growmark Inc. official has announced that the firm has chosen a three-acre piece of property in Rock Island's riverfront industrial belt for its planned grain barge terminal. The agri-products shipping and handling company has not yet bought the property and still is negotiating the price.

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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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