Day in history for March 15, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
There were fine exhibitions of sparring at Ben Smith's Hall over the St. Charles Saloon recently.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The 12th annual ball of St. Patrick's Society of Rock Island will be held in the Armory Hall March 17.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Surveyors of the Rock Island Railroad are again at work on their route trying to eliminate some of the curves to shorten the line.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Atty. Charles W. Hadley of Wheaton, candidate for the Republican nomination for attorney general, will be in Rock Island tomorrow to meet local Republican leaders in the interest of his candidacy.

1957 -- 50 years ago
More than $800 damage was caused by a plane breaking loose from its mooring at the Woods Airport, 2 miles east of Highways 2 and 92 on the Barstow Road, last night when winds ranging up to 55 m.p.h. sent the plane careening into another one owned by Paul Voerding, East Moline. The plane, owned by Carl Woods and R.M. Anderson, was extensively damaged along the fuselage and wings.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline's arson investigation team is looking for a person they believe may be mentally ill who is setting fires on the city's west side. They are also searching for someone who sets clothing fires at the Penney's store in SouthPark during shopping hours.

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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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