Day in history for June 15, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
About 200 gentlemen and ladies came to this city yesterday from Chicago and Wisconsin on an excursion party.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The eighth annual commencement of the high school was held last night at Harper's Theater. The closing oration was by Miss Nettie B. Hayden.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Fire in the basement of the Crystal Theater building resulted in a loss of $150.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana Lutheran Synod stripped the board of directors of Augustana College and Theological Seminary of some of its power, providing that in the future the president of the college and the regular theological professors are to be elected by the synod rather than by the directors.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Two Moline police sergeants got the checkered flag in an impromptu race early today in downtown Moline. The next lap will be run with Magistrate Fred L. Nelson deciding the winner when Richard VanTiegham, 24, appears before him Monday on a careless driving complaint.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline's downtown area will be taking on a new look with the installation of 63 banners. The Quad-City Development Group bought 15 ''Quad-Cities USA'' banners, and the Downtown Moline Association bought 48 Metro Center banners.

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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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