Day in history for August 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The most elegant coach in this city is the new one just received for Farnam House. It was manufactured at the celebrated Downing's Coach Factory, Concord, N.H., and cost about $800.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Marion McCreery, wife of R.D. McCreery of Rural, died Thursday evening aged 40. She leaves a husband and seven children.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The County Bar Association appointed a committee to arrange for a memorial to the late Colonel E.J. Searle.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rock Island, left this morning to attend a convention of the Episcopal Church.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Bill Smith, possibly the greatest amateur wrestler in the United States, last night was declared ineligible and barred from further AAU competition for the rest of his life. Smith received $400 as wrestling coach at Rock Island High School last year. This makes him a professional.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Seven area residents have been arrested following a five-month probe into the theft and resale of hundreds of cartons of cigarettes. The investigation centered on several Rock Island taverns and was conducted by the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Rock Island Police Department and the Illinois Liquor Commission.

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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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