Day in history for October 30, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Col. William A. Richardson of Rock Island, speaking in Chicago, expresses the most confident assurance that the Democracy of this state will roll up a sure majority of from 15,000 to 20,000.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The War Eagle passed up the river last night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Forty-one homes have been entered by burglars since May 6. A $50 reward is offered for the apprehension and conviction of every burglar.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An organization of land owners known as the Mississippi Valley Drainage Assn. was formed at Burlington to sponsor legislation for collection of damages on flowage caused by 9-foot channel dams in the Rock Island District of the Mississippi River.

1956 -- 50 years ago
It's strawberry time again at the home of Mrs. R.B. Ford, 3127 26th St., Rock Island. While cutting down weeds near the garden patch several days ago, Mrs. Ford noticed a number of ripe and near-ripe berries on the plants which are not of the ever-bearing variety.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An early morning fire today destroyed the Jack and Jill Food Mart and gave about 1,600 Orion school children an unexpected vacation. The five-hour-long battle depleted water stored in two elevated storage tanks, prompting School Superintendent Don Frakes to cancel classes this morning.

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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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