Day in history for August 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The members of the Rock Island Horn Band are asked to meet at the courthouse Wednesday at 7 p.m.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A tent containing a female Sampson is attracting a large number of rural visitors to the city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A large number of good entries have been received by the Twin-City Trotting Assn. for the racing which opens tomorrow at the 9th St. track.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Miss Esther Sundberg of Madrid, Iowa, has accepted the call to become dean of women at Augustana College. She had more than 14 years of teaching experience in grade and high schools in Iowa and Michigan.

1957 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 25,000 people consumed 5,000 pounds of fish at the seventh annual New Boston fish fry. The hungry thousands devoured 400 loaves of bread and gallons of coffee made in a big water tank. A new attraction this year was a midway. Performers of Royal American Shows presented acts both days.

1982 -- 25 years ago
They tried to sell a little bit of history, but no one was willing to pay the price. The 52-year-old Paradise Theater, Moline, was put on the auction block by owner Abe Brotman, but the high bid of $12,500, offered by Steve Simmon of Rock Island, was too low. Simmon said he wants to open a children's theater.

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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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