Day in history for February 22, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A company of well-known performers are holding forth at Island City Hall. The entertainment consists of some very laughable farces.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The work of repairing the outside of Central Presbyterian Church will begin soon.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A meeting of launch- and pleasure-craft owners will be held Feb. 27 for the purpose of forming a club. The meeting will be at the public library.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Autos of 31 spectators at the United Township-Rock Island basketball game in East Moline last night were taged by police on improper parking charges. Majority of the cars were parked in such a position that it would be impossible for a fire engine to travel through the area.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A year of testing and study has yielded a three volume, 5-inch thick report which tells Milan officials where and how stormwater is infiltrating their sewer system. Repairing those leaks may cost about $225,000 although no definite repair estimate is yet ready. Leaking manhole covers are the major culprit.

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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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