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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