Day in history for June 24, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The committee in charge of making arrangements for the Fourth of July are determined to get up a celebration worthy of the day. No general celebration has been held for many years.

1883 -- 125 years ago
School board elections will take place in Rock Island tomorrow.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Mississippi River passed the 12-foot stage at Rock Island today.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County has submitted projects calling for highway improvement funds totaling $376,000. The projects will be taken under consideration by the governor's unemployment commission. Allocations would come out of the money set aside for Illinois in the public works program of the federal government in highway construction.

1958 -- 50 years ago
College students were reminded today by Selective Service officials that they must apply now for draft deferments.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The last drink will be poured and the last glass lifted Thursday at the Jug bar in the LeClaire Hotel. The Jug will close at the end of this month due to lack of business. The hotel has been a downtown Moline landmark since it opened in December 1922. The bar probably opened soon after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. It has been a popular gathering place for downtown Moline workers ever since.

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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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