Day in history for August 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
On Wednesday evening last, StormAndrsquo;s Band was out enlivening a favored few with some of their sweetest strains.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School football squad will spend a two-week training period at Big Island.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A quick switch was pulled last night on a 40-year-old Rock Island County farmer who believes that no one could have any better neighbors than he has. His neighbors cast their votes for William F. Parchert, Buffalo Prairie, and elected him the winner of the Good Neighbor Contest, sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce in connection with the 1958 Rock Island County Fair.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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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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