Day in history for December 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The ladies of the Rock Island Second Presbyterian Church will hold their annual festival at the home of William L. Lee on Dec. 22.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Fred Krell has just received a handsome and unique lot of Christmas tree ornaments. They are different from anything ever seen in this city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The specifications for the new printing plant for Modern Woodmen of America have been completed and bids for construction will be opened Dec. 17.

1932 -- 75 years ago
H.E. Wendel of Rock Island was elected for his 10th term as president of the Illinois Division No. 313, Street Railway Employees union in the balloting at the Rock Island car barns of the Tri-City Railway Co. yesterday.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's new $600,000 elementary school, 38th St. and 38th Ave., has a name today. After months of indecision, the Rock Island Board of Education last night christened the modern, functional building, Horace Mann School.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline High School students who organized the annual Share Joys fundraiser were told that they would have a difficult time reaching their goal of $3,215 this year because of the poor economic climate. But much to the surprise of all, students collected a whopping $5,050 during the three-day event.

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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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