Day in history for June 30, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
J.J. Beardsley, Esq., sold Alanson Sennett, of Ohio, sixteen acres of land lying on the road between Rock Island and Moline, and being the premises upon which he now resides, for $300 per acre. Property appears to be advancing in that direction.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island had 140 telephones in use with orders for several new ones. Davenport was using 225 and Moline 65.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Democratic County Central Committee, it was decided to hold a congressional convention here on Aug. 16.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two gallons of alcohol in a wall cache, with a siphon tube to draw it, were confiscated by Rock Island police last evening in a raid at a residence in the east end of the city.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Five brothers of Moline were among the 47 persons who completed applications for citizenship yesterday at the Rock Island County Circuit Clerk's office. They are the Kalomalos brothers, of 501 27th St., natives of Greece, who came to this country Feb. 14, 1951.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Bethany Home West, 805 19th St., Rock Island, closed after almost two years of service to area unwed mothers and their babies. The sale of the building is pending to the Rock Island Rescue Mission.

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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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