Today in history for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012


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Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2012, 5:00 am
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, the 270th day of 2012. There are 96 days left in the year.

1862 -- 150 years ago: Eliah Carter, of this city, has been appointed enrolling officer for the county and will proceed immediately to enroll all able bodied men between the ages of 18 and 45 in the army.

1887 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island and Milan Street Car Company has laid 1,100 new tires during the last month.

1912 -- 100 years ago: Frank Huntoon, on furlough in Rock Island for about a month, will return to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

1937 -- 75 years ago: A wheel tax on vehicles has been approved by the city council by a vote of 8 to 5.

1962 -- 50 years ago: The Argus, which has scored numerous scoops on its sports pages, yesterday had the distinction of being the only newspaper represented at the heavyweight championship fight that knew where Floyd Patterson was quartered for the entire day before the fight.

1987 -- 25 years ago: The Campaign Against Toxic Waste will conduct its annual fund raising canvass in Rock Island from October through March. The Campaign has lobbied for legislation that gives workers information about on-the-job toxics and for an Illinois registry that identifies dumpsites causing health problems. The door-to-door canvassers will explain the issue and ask for support through signatures and contributions.


















 



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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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