Day in history for May 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
No such amount of rain has ever fallen in so short a time in this vicinity within our remembrance, as from 2 to 5 o'clock on Thursday. The streets were a lake, the gutter bridges were carried away, and much damage was done to roads, bridges, fields of growing crops, etc.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School alumni held a reunion at the Watch Tower Inn.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Dredging in the LeClaire Canal, which has been carried on to clean out the channel of that place since its construction two years ago, has been completed.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-City Construction Co., Rock Island, with a figure of $459,756, was apparent low bidder on the second stage of the Quad-City Airport improvement program. The bids were opened this morning in the office of Joseph K. McLaughlin, state director of aeronautics, in Springfield. The project comprises grading, drainage, a portland concrete apron, concrete and bituminous taxiways, concrete entrance drives, bituminous parking areas, taxi fingers in tee-hangar area, sidewalks, fencing, turf and approach clearance.

1976 -- 25 years ago
There was nothing terribly unique about the camel-colored, polyester-knit leisure suit which took top honors in the Illinois State Grange Sewing Contest, except its seamstress. Kenneth Wildermuth, a 50-year-old rural Annawan grain farmer, earned best of show and first place in his division.

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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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