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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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