Day in history for March 3, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The ice has gone out of the slough at Camden without doing any damage except to the plank road bridges.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A rope ferry is being placed across the Rock River for use while the new Milan bridge is being constructed. Permission for landings has not yet been obtained.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Johnny Wanner, Rock Island second baseman, has returned his signed contract to President Spencer, and will be back at his old post when the season opens.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Preliminary estimates of Rock Island District United States Engineers call for an expenditure of about $100,000 on levee and sea-wall construction on the north side of the Rock Island Arsenal Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Miss Hope Ryden, former Rock Island resident, won bathing beauty and fashion show contests on a Caribbean cruise aboard the S.S. Homeric. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.E. Ryden, 3400 10th Ave., Rock Island.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Wrecking crews began tackling the brick buildings that formerly housed Deere And Co.'s flight operations and Elliott's Flying Service at the Quad-City Airport. Both operations have moved to new buildings on the airport's south side. The old buildings are being demolished to make room for the airport's new terminal.

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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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