Day in history for August 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday the grading of Swan Street was begun. Few streets in the city need working more than this one.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Stars defeated the Iowa City nine yesterday at the 9th Street diamond by a score of 10-9.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Elaborate ground plans for the Rock Island Exposition to be held in September were adopted by the board of directors last night.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. C.D. Waterman of Davenport, defending champion, won her 13th title at Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club this morning by defeating Mrs. E.G. Don, also of Davenport. The match was one of the closest ever played in the womenAndrsquo;s finals with Mrs. Waterman coming from behind to win.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Hog farmers in Illinois made the highest return in 1957 that they have realized since 1942, according to records kept by more than 5,000 farmers in the Illinois Farm Management Service.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Beginning late this year, Iowa Quad-Cities residents will be served by a new therapeutic radiation unit known as a linear accelerator. The unit will be set up in a specially constructed addition to the Central Park Medical Pavilion adjacent to Mercy Hospital, Davenport.

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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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