Day in history for May 18, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Licenses were refused several peddlers to sell on Rock Island streets because large crowds of people would be drawn to the spot. This would give pickpockets a better chance to ply their vocation.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Chicago, Milwaukee And St. Paul railroad advertised a round trip from Rock Island to Milwaukee for $2.50.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Miss Nettie Dodge was elected president of the Rock Island Woman's Club.

1950 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Lines and the Davenport, Rock Island and Northwestern railroad are two of 10 midwestern and western railroads threatened today with a strike at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning by 6,000 switchmen. The walkout was called last night by the AFL Switchmen's Union of North America in a wage dispute. If the strike materializes, it will affect an estimated 250 switchmen in the Quad-Cities.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Milan police are continuing to investigate the alleged theft of 16 microwave ovens from Sears Distribution Center, Milan. According to the police report a microwave oven reportedly changed hands several times until the final purchaser reported his transaction to Rock Island Police. They contacted Sears and a check revealed 16 ovens were missing. Following further investigation, an employee at Sears Distribution was arrested.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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