Day in history for January 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Minnesotan says ''a gentleman from Rock Island drove 300 turkeys, some wild, some tame, to St. Paul and sold them for $2.50 to $3 apiece. We should like to know the name of the gentleman who could drive 300 turkeys from Rock Island to St. Paul.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Viola has come down the Rock Island rapids to do some towing for the Keokuk and Northern Packet Company.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island YMCA is soon to have an orchestra, a feature of association activity which has not been known in Rock Island for several years.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Birtman Electric Company of Chicago has bought the Rock Island Manufacturing Company and will expand the factory.

1955 -- 50 years ago
M.C. Samuelson, a farmer of near Ophiem, left a note for his milkman ordering butter with a signed check, the amount and payee left blank. Samuelson complained to Sheriff George Nelson that his milkman left the butter as requested, but made himself the payee and put the charge at $250.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Mary Gustafson's Christmas present was something she had on her ''dream list.'' The gift from husband Glendon was one share in the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The certificate was accompanied by an official Cubs Christmas card.

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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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