Day in history for August 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We have had a good deal of rain in this city over the past week and yesterday afternoon there was a very heavy shower. Fears are entertained that the shocked wheat will be badly damaged.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island has organized another cooking club of young married women who propose to give their husbands some food to eat that is different.

1907 -- 100 years ago
It was announced today that the Acme Packer Co. will move its general passenger headquarters from Rock Island to Quincy. It has been in Rock Island for the past five years.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Three delegates from Rock Island American Legion Post 200 received appointments on state committees at the annual convention of the Illinois Department which closed last night in Danville.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Eight men were hospitalized as a result of their efforts to save a barn containing 30 tons of smoldering chopped hay on the Clyde Swanson farm 5 1/2 miles northeast of Viola this morning.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Gregory A. Knott, Moline, has been appointed to serve on President Reagan's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the federal goverment. Knott, a computer processing manager at Deere And Company, will serve on one of 35 task forces to search for ways to reduce government waste.

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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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