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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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