Day in history for August 28, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A fine gold pen and pencil were lost on Sunday, in or near the First Presbyterian Church. The findee will be liberally rewarded by leaving it at this office, where the owner can get it.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Tony Pastor Troupe will open the season at the Harper Theater here in three days.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County Picnic Assn. of the Modern Woodmen of America has decided to hold the annual picnic at Long View Park on Sept. 15.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two unmasked men staged a holdup at the Como Hotel, 18th St. and 3rd Ave., Rock Island, at 5:15 this morning, escaping with $130 after locking F.W. Dauffenbach, night clerk, and Frank N. Bailey, 1510 33rd St., Rock Island, night porter, in a room on the third floor.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Plans for the expansion of the home office of Royal Neighbors of America, 230-36 16th St., Rock Island, moved forward today following the firm's successful $201,500 bid last night for the present Rock Island Post Office Building.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Hundreds of fish died this week after a break in the Hennepin Canal caused its water levels to drop nearly 3 feet. People who live along the portion of the canal in Colona have been complaining about the fish kill and its resulting stench.

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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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