Day in history for August 18, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The new Catholic church south of Preemption has been completed at a cost of $2,000. The Rev. Roles of Rock Island will officiate at the dedication.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Two men in a buggy kidnapped the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Bielefeldt, Rock Island. No clue to the identity of the kidnappers has been found.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Argus employes began moving into the new building on 4th Avenue, Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A letter arrived yesterday from the Rock Island soldier who was pictured with a machine gun crew in Korea on page one of The Argus, Aug. 8. Pfc. Carl E. Betty, 17, wrote his mother that the weather in Korea is warm, she shouldn't worry and to ``keep sending letters and cigarets.'' Private Betty was shown in an Associated Press wirephoto with three other American soldiers in the southwest zone of Korean fighting.

1975 -- 25 years ago
``Mrs. Democrat'' Martha VanPoucke, Moline, noted her 80th birthday in her room at Lutheran Hospital, where she is recuperating. Since 1929 Martha, as a volunteer, has steered many a candidate into office in her party. A native of Belgium, she came to the U.S. at the age of 17. One of the highlights of her life was meeting the late President John Kennedy at a private party.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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