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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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