Day in history for August 16, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A talented lady, Mrs. Macready, proposes to give a course in poetic and dramatic readings to our citizens in a few days.

1881 -- 125 years ago
At the meeting of Rock Island Encampment of Odd Fellows last night, J.C. Smith, grand scribe of Illinois, and other notables were present.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Miss Hannah Danielson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Danielson, was married to Charles A. Carlson of Warner, Ill., at the parsonage of the Swedish Lutheran Church, Moline.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Five thousand employees of the Silvis shops of the Rock Island Lines and their families attended one of the most successful and enjoyable picnics ever sponsored by the Rock Island Mechanical and Power Plant Employees Assn. at Weed Park, Muscatine, this afternoon.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A former resident of Rock Island is now a top-notch skater in the chorus line of L.N. Fleckles' ''Ice Varieties of 1956,'' currently appearing nightly at the Mississippi Valley Fair And Exposition. She is talented Carol Strandt. She was graduated from Rock Island High School in 1953.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The metal the family welds together, stays together, say Shane and Lorry Sullivan of Green Rock. The couple recently became the first husband-and-wife team to complete a summer welding program at Black Hawk College East in Kewanee.

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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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