Day in history for October 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Democratic County Convention met on Saturday with delegations from all except the two extreme precincts. For sheriff, the delegation nominated Henry D. Cline. Joseph Conway was named to the circuit clerk position and Dr. Henry Fischel nominated as coroner.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi River is 12 feet over the low water mark and some are fearing that a flood is imminent.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Market Square is being decorated for the coming National Farmers' Congress Convention. It has been announced that William Payne will be chairman of the reception committee.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Miss Ruth Looby of Milan, a teacher in Denkmann School, Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island County Christian Endeavor Union at the annual convention in the Milan Presbyterian Church yesterday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Ordnance Weapons Command at Rock Island Arsenal and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland were sites today and yesterday for the unveiling of new weapons never before shown to the general public.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Aldersgate and Wesley United Methodist churches in Moline will not be merged. Members of Aldersgate voted 50 to 6 in favor of the merger, but members at Wesley Methodist voted 94 to 70 against the proposal.

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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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