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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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