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: 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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