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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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