Day in history for October 18, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The woolen mills of James Shields, Davenport, have been closed, perhaps permanently.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council adopted plans for construction of the No. 2 Hose Company building on 31st Street and 7th Avenue, Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The D.E. Keeler firm, Davenport, was given the contract for the drainage system in southeast Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A printer today changed the line at the left top of page 1 of The Argus from ``99th year-No. 312'' to ``100th year-No. 1.'' Thus The Argus quietly observed its birthday, signaling the end of 99 years of publication in Rock Island. The Argus was born Oct. 18, 1851, without much expectation that the infant would live long. Its parents were Fred S. Nichols and John W. Dunham, two young men from St. Louis who had read much about the Rock Island to which a railroad was being built.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The wedding ceremonies of Gilead Presbyterian Church in Simpson went off with three hitches, one mistake and one minor disagreement. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Grey of Simpson watched their three daughters married, then headed home with their newly enlarged families to celebrate Mrs. Grey's birthday. The brides, Cara Jane, Margaret Ann, and Dena Marlene, wore satin gowns made by their mother.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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