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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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