Day in history for May 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We notice that improvements are going on at Court Square. However, we would like to know who authorized the improvements? We are informed that the county court never made any order to have this work done.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Sells Bros. Circus and Menagerie will exhibit in this city next Tuesday afternoon and evening.

1907 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton of Rock Island, one of the directors of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, today presented a life pass to President Theodore Roosevelt.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Awards to members of the Rock Island High School forensic team and athletes elected to membership in the National Athletic Scholarship Society of secondary schools will be presented at a student assembly on Friday morning.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Dedication of the new First Baptist Church, 1901 29th St., Moline, is scheduled at 3 tomorrow afternoon. Open house and a reception in the fellowship hall will follow the service.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Ron Pettit of the Deere And Co. advertising department was named winner of the best of show for technical art at the 29th International Technical Communication Conference held recently in Boston. Pettit's entry was a full-machine cutaway ilustration of a four-wheel-drive tractor.

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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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