Day in history for August 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The concert this evening for the benefit of Trinity Church will take place at Island City Hall.

1883 -- 125 years ago
It is rumored that the street car company is to build tracks over the government bridge.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The fourth quarterly conference of the Spencer Memorial Methodist Church was held yesterday. The Rev. F.E. Shult, pastor, was asked to return.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A climb to the summit of Mt. Ranier, where snow is deep and the winds blow strong at 14,408 feet above sea level, has been made by Joseph DeVacht and Merrill OAndrsquo;Melia, both of Rock Island. They were members of a party of 19 youths.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Person-to-person solicitation in the Dr. Mabel Otis Memorial campaign was begun today with an organization breakfast at the LeClaire Hotel. The drive is to raise $16,000 to build a conservatory annexed to the Moline Garden Center at Riverside Park, in memory of the late Dr. Otis, prominent Moline physician and civic worker.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline Public Hospital and Lutheran Hospitals are planning a wedding, but they can still back out before going to the church. The hospitals today announced hiring a consultant firm to develop a consolidation plan.

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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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