Day in history for June 3, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Shearer, at his grocery on Orleans Street in Rock Island, has a great many of the luxuries for good living. Included in this category are jars of French strawberries.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Final examinations will be at Augustana College next week. Commencement exercises will be in Swedish and English.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Closing exercises of St. Joseph's Parochial School will be at the Illinois Theater on June 12.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Voters of Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and Whiteside counties will elect three judges of the circuit court for terms of six years next Monday, and will vote on the question of ratification of a proposed constitutional amendment to repeal the 18th Amendment.

1958 -- 50 years ago
More than 100 rodeo cowboys will be aiming for a share of the prize money at the third annual Quad-City Rodeo, to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds, south of East Moline.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A bronze water fountain and sculpture by nationally known artist Gene Horvath of Rockford has been presented to the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department. The sculpture was unveiled Thursday at a ceremony at the Hauberg Civic Center, 1320 24th St., Rock Island, where it will be on permanent display.

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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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