Day in history for October 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Old Pioneer Bookstore of H.A. Porter And Brother lists several new works for sale. Included in the shipment is the third volume of Irving's Life of Washington and Burton's narrative of his pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Mecca.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Good duck hunting is being enjoyed in the Meredosia bottoms.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The new Free Methodist Church will be dedicated tomorrow. Bishop W.T. Hogue of Evanston will be in charge of the service.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Children of the Rock Island Public Schools will honor the memory of Thomas A. Edison tomorrow afternoon while funeral services are being held for the inventor at West Orange, N.J.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Ruth Lewis was booked at 12:30 this afternoon on a charge of jaywalking in downtown Moline. A Moline policeman, operating a police traffic safety truck, said he saw Mrs. Lewis start across 5th Ave. between 15th and 16th Sts., and that he warned her over the public address system on the vehicle.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline wrestler Marty Mahieu returned from the Pan-American Games in San Cristobal, Venezuela, as a bronze medalist on the championship United States team. Mahieu, competing in the 149-pound class of the Greco-Roman division, finished third in the overall competition to claim the medal.

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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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