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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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