Day in history for August 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad Co. invites the attention of farmers regarding lands adjacent to their road that are offered for sale at low interest.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The hotel at Black Hawk's Tower is now approaching completion, and it is thought that it will be opened to the public very shortly.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Captain Swain is investigating conditions along the Hennepin Canal and the river with the idea of establishing a packet line when the canal is opened for navigation.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Quad-Cities residents who looked into the sky this morning were thrilled by the display of the Perseid meteors. Torn from other worlds millions of miles away, fiery objects hurled toward Earth from the constellation of Perseus. Few are expected to strike this planet.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 4,000 thronged the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds yesterday on opening day of the fair and exposition to witness a thrilling show of stock car racing in front of the grandstand.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County has poured $399,827 'down the drain' for inmate housing costs and repairs at the county jail since U.S. District Court Judge Robert Morgan's decision last October on a suit filed by jail inmates.

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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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