Day in history for October 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Miss Bridges writes from Dixon that she will be in Rock Island tomorrow night to give one of her dramatic readings.''Widow Bedott'' will be among the reading selections.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College will honor the memory of Lars P. Esbjorn, first president of the institution, at a service today.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
More than 980 persons attended the Illinois Baptist State Convention rally last night at Moline High School. The First Baptist Church, Moline, is the host church and the Rev. Elwood K. Wylie is the host pastor. The convention continues through tomorrow.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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