Day in history for July 13, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Some few weeks ago, the farmers throughout Rock Island and adjoining counties, made calculations on having the present harvest a fine crop of wheat. But in these calculations, we regret to say, they are doomed to be disappointed. Within the last ten days, the Andquot;spotAndquot; has taken hold of the wheat, which is destroying it at an alarming extent.

1883 -- 125 years ago
City officials advised all Rock Island residents to purify the city water before drinking it.

1908 -- 100 years ago
It is reported that many large and new orders are being received by the Rock Island Tool company.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Flying at a rate of 807.51 yards per minute, a pigeon owned by Camiel Schuyvens, 1724 Sixth St., Rock Island, won first in the race held Sunday by the Rock Island Pigeon club from Stuart, Iowa.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Thirty-four youngsters from Bethany Home, Moline, had the experience of cruising on the Mississippi River on Saturday, through the courtesy of the Cordova Boat Club. Eleven members of the club provided boats for the excursion.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline school officials say the district will post a $1.3 million surplus for the next school year, after a $2.7 million deficit pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy last year.

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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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