Day in history for September 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A glass of sparkling soda drawn from the chilled fountain at Cook's new drug store is a luxury these days with the mercury reading 90 and upwards.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The attendance in the Rock Island public schools during the past week was about 1,700 pupils.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The steamer Columbia of the Carnival City Packet Company and the steamer Sidney of the Diamond Jo Lines will make their last trip north for the season.

1932 -- 75 years ago
An unmasked bandit obtained approximately $20 in a holdup at the George H. Walker department store, 4011 7th Ave., Rock Island, and escaped in a waiting truck.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Indian dancing by both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and fly casting, target shooting, archery and rolle bolle exhibitions will be included in the varied program for the second annual Scout-O-Rama to be held by the City of Rock Island at Sunset Park Sunday.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Movie star Burt Reynolds gave the boys at Arrowhead Ranch in Coal Valley the coat off his back, and it will be among the items for sale during the 10th annual ranch round-up and auction Sunday. Reynolds responded to a letter for auction assistance by sending a jacket he wore in the movie 'Sharkey's Machine,' said ranch staffer Ray McCollum.

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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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