Day in history for December 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The annual meeting of the Rock Island County Agricultural Society will be held Wednesday at the courthouse to elect officers for the coming year.

1882 -- 125 years ago
John Evans, the popular liveryman of Rock Island, has moved to his new quarters opposite the west side of the Post Office on 17th St. It is the largest and most complete livery stable in the three cities.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Miss Margaret Giles, who recently was appointed visiting nurse for the city by the Visiting Nurse Assn., began her work the first part of this week.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The second Santa Claus fund frolic will be held over radio station WHBF. It will continue as long as there is someone to pledge a gift to the cause of making little children happy.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The annual Christmas dance for members of Oak View Country Club and their guests will be Saturday night at the club. Music for dancing will be provided by 'The Five Sharps,' a local orchestra.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A tip of the hat is in order for members of Doric Masonic Lodge 319 in Moline, who are providing about $6,000 to buy microcomputers for Moline's elementary schools. The gift is important. How to operate and program them - is going to be nearly as important as reading and writing within a few years.

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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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