Day in history for May 2, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The city marshal gives notice to all persons to 'fix up' for the coming warm weather.

1883 -- 125 years ago
At 2:45 this afternoon, 201 votes had been cast in the special election for alderman in the Third Ward.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. Daniel B. Turney of Decatur was nominated for president of the United States by the national convention of the United Christian Party, which convened at the Watch Tower today.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Appointment of five majors to serve in the Rock Island Community Chest drive for $22,000 was announced by Paul R. Preston, president. They are R.C. Mitchell, Benjamin A. Horn, Dr. Stuart W. Adler, L.B. Wilson and Thomas L. Kennedy. Raymond R. Walker is general chairman.

1958 -- 50 years ago
About one hundred twenty-five persons were present yesterday afternoon for the style show sponsored by the Rock Island Art Guild at the Hauberg Civic Center. There were two showings of the fashions, presented by Anne Potter Inc. Mrs. Isador I. Katz served as narrator, and Mrs. Leslie C. Hanson provided piano accompaniment.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The temperature was fine, but the wind wasn't for runners participating in the 7th Annual Quad-City Marathon and 10-kilometer races Sunday. Gusts up to 30 mph gave runners problems throughout the events.

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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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