Day in history for February 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The dynamite fiend came near overpowering justice on Tuesday. Magistrate Swander, while shaking his base-burner, was suddenly shocked by an explosion of the accumulated gas. Fortunately the magistrate escaped with singed hair and eyebrows only.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Travel over the Rock Island bridge for the day was: Foot, 1,580; teams 1,120; street cars, 318.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Three toes on the right foot of Wymore Looft, 17, were shot off when a gun was accidentally discharged.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Sergeant Marvin K. Vickroy of Moline is among the men serving with the Eighth Army Rangers in Korea, mentioned in a feature story in the Chicago Tribune which called attention to the high percentage of Midwest men in what is termed ``the Army's toughest unit.'' The Ranger Company, formed from volunteers, has seen 156 days of combat. The unit's latest exploit was a 10-hour patrol behind Red lines.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The state of Illinois has done some reshuffling in the Quad-Cities. Some two million state maps, costing a total of $124,000, have moved both Moline hospitals into Rock Island, flooded Rock Island's train depot, and moved Colona about three miles to the east. But Quad-Citians are not alone. Officials say there are some 1,500 mistakes in the state's official maps.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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