Day in history for October 18, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The woolen mills of James Shields, Davenport, have been closed, perhaps permanently.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council adopted plans for construction of the No. 2 Hose Company building on 31st Street and 7th Avenue, Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The D.E. Keeler firm, Davenport, was given the contract for the drainage system in southeast Rock Island.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A printer today changed the line at the left top of page 1 of The Argus from ``99th year-No. 312'' to ``100th year-No. 1.'' Thus The Argus quietly observed its birthday, signaling the end of 99 years of publication in Rock Island. The Argus was born Oct. 18, 1851, without much expectation that the infant would live long. Its parents were Fred S. Nichols and John W. Dunham, two young men from St. Louis who had read much about the Rock Island to which a railroad was being built.

1975 -- 25 years ago
The wedding ceremonies of Gilead Presbyterian Church in Simpson went off with three hitches, one mistake and one minor disagreement. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Grey of Simpson watched their three daughters married, then headed home with their newly enlarged families to celebrate Mrs. Grey's birthday. The brides, Cara Jane, Margaret Ann, and Dena Marlene, wore satin gowns made by their mother.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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