Day in history for August 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
For several days we have been advertising Moore And Meighan's Grocery Store as being on the corner of Rock Island and Madison Streets. There is no such street as Rock Island Street in this city. The store is on Illionis and Madison Streets.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The poll tax has been ordered to be collected and the street commissioner will soon have his hands full. Work on the streets is now at a standstill because of lack of funds.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Charles Bigney, Boston swimmer swam across the river to Davenport and back in 43 minutes before a crowd of 3,500 yesterday. The return was made in 18 minutes and 22 seconds.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Construction operations at the site of the Rock Island Locks and roller dam will be inspected late next week by a high official of the Army Engineer Corps.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Frank Hill, Rock Island, a patient at the Rock Island County Tuberculosis Sanatorium, yesterday received a 'helping hand' from another Rock Islander, Mrs. Arlene Sweeney, in the form of an automatic washer and drier.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Federal budget cuts are forcing Rock Island-Milan public school officials to drop a high-school remedial reading program and to slash the program in half at the elementary and junior high level.

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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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