Day in history for August 25, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Comment is unnecessary in regard to the ability of the theater company now in town to perform any play at all. The crowd that nightly flocks to this place is evidence enough. The plays for tonight are Andldquo;MacbethAndrdquo; and Andldquo;The Stage Struck Yankee.Andrdquo;1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Work on the Mississippi River dike which will keep about 20,000 acres of land dry is progressing rapidly.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
More than 6,500 visitors jammed the fairgrounds south of East Moline Saturday for the final day of the Rock Island County Fair, bringing total attendance for the 5-day event to a record-breaking 29,000.1983 -- 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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