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: 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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