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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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