Day in history for August 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A meeting of the executive committee of the Rock Island Agricultural Society will be held at the courthouse on Wed., Sept. 3. As there is a large amount of business to be done, it is necessary that every member should be present.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Burglars raided Peter Kain's home near Port Byron Thursday night but were scared off before they secured any plunder.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The County Bar Assn. appointed a committee this morning to arrange for a memorial to the late Col. E.J. Searle. E.D. Sweeney, William Jackson and Maj. H.C. Connelly will draft suitable resolutions.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County was given exceptional recognition when County Clerk C.N. Isaacson was elected president of the Illinois Assn. of County Officers and Probate Clerk Elmer L. Ransom made secretary of the Probate Clerk's Assn.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A man identified by Rock Island Arsenal officials as Vincent O'Ginnis, about 63, was rescued shortly after noon from the Mississippi River before he was sucked into the roller dam at the Rock Island Locks.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island Mayor Jim Davis said Tuesday the Valley Homes housing project is so overcrowded and in such poor condition that the city may have no choice except to demolish all or part of the 100-unit complex.

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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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