Day in history for September 18, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The board of supervisors granted Jacob Meyer of Andalusia a license to sell beer and wine for one year.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The new residence of Robert Smith in South Rock Island was destroyed by fire. The only thing saved was a rocking chair.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Mamie Wendt, Rock Island, won first prize in the Community Chest essay contest.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Richard A. Johnson, 1029 16th St., Moline, has been transferred by the state department from La Paz, Bolivia, to Guadalajara, Mexico, as consul, according to an Associated Press dispatch from Washington, D.C. Johnson entered the diplomatic service in 1940, being assigned to Barcelona, Spain, after having served as a history instructor at Augustana College. In 1941 he was promoted to third secretary of the embassy at London. He is a nephew of former Postmaster Emil Johnson of Moline.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Wesley Hardin, armed with a commission from Gov. Dan Walker and flanked by attorney Stewart Winstein, attempted his takeover of the Rock Island County Recorder's office this morning. Mrs. Dorothy Craig, backed by attorney Stuart Lefstein and surrounded by wet-eyed employees, refused to give up the office. The tense confrontation eased somewhat when Mrs. Delores Anderson, the chief deputy, agreed to Hardin's request that she stay to run the staff.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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