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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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