Day in history for July 26, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Baker family refused to pay the license fee demanded in Davenport for concerts. Instead of charging admission, they gave the concert free of charge. At the close of the concert, a man in the audience proposed that a hat be passed around. About $75 was collected.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi River is rising at the rate of an inch an hour because of northern rains.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The opening of the Island City Boat Clubhouse last night was attended by more than 500 persons.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Keokuk became stubborn in the final game of the series last night and it took the Islanders 11 innings to gain the third straight victory, 5-4. A triple to right-center by Jack Redmond brought in the winning score.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Irma DeDoncker, 75, of East Moline, a member of a pioneer East Moline family, was killed when she was struck by a Burlington Railroad passenger train near the 17th Street crossing. It is believed Mrs. Dedoncker confused a railroad trestle for a crosswalk on her return home after visiting friends in the area.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Quad-Cities auto dealers are getting an infusion of new blood -- 26 sales people trained and ready fresh from the umemployment line. The 26 will start work for 19 local dealers.

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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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