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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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