Day in history for September 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Rhetorical Society met last evening in the county treasurer's office.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The convention of the Illinois liquor dealers closed last night with a ball at the Armory. The majority of the delegates are of aldermanic build, indicating that their business is a good one.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The work of relaying track on the Elm St. car line is rapidly being completed. Six new cars are being built to improve service for the hill district.

1932 -- 75 years ago
'Down to Earth,' the new comedy with Will Rogers, American humorist, opened yesterday at the Fort Theater for a four-day run.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The frigid air mass which buried the Rockies and parts of the Northern Plain areas in snow yesterday will make itself felt in the Quad-City area tonight, sending temperatures plunging more than 30 degrees from a high this afternnon in the upper 80s to a low tonight near 50. Tomorrow's high will be in the middle 50s.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Frank Trapkus poses in his back yard with his half train-half plane sculpture. It has 22 propellors. Trapkus, 72, has been an artist all his life and has filled his back yard with his own sculpture. All of the art objects are made of aluminum rods, iron, wire and various 'found' objects.

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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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