Day in history for July 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A new fire engine arrived yesterday for Rescue Company No. 2. It is a first-class engine and cost $2,050.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Several horses from Rock Island will be entered in races to be held in Monmouth on the Fourth of July.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Company A of Rock Island and Battery B of Davenport will stage a sham battle as a part of Rock Islands's Fourth of July celebration.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Cong. Chester Thompson of Rock Island received word today from Arthur O'Brien, secretary to Gov. Henry Horner, to the effect that the headquarters of District 7 of the Illinois Highway police will remain in Rock Island for the present.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 2,000 youngsters at Rock Island's 94 playground and park areas will be taking part in a treasure hunt tomorrow afternoon. Directors of the various playgrounds will be in charge of the event. Hidden clues will direct teams to the treasures. Candy treats will be given to all boys and girls taking part in the hunts.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Larry Alvarado, Moline, recently was named first place winner in the Young American Patriotic Arts contest sponsored by VFW Post 8890 of East Moline. Alvarado is a 1983 graduate of Moline High School and will attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale this fall.

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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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