Day in history for June 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island Street Commissioner Mauker had men at work scraping the mud off the crossings on Illinois Street and patching the bad places with rock.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Businessmen's Club of the Rock Island YMCA had a bicycle run.

1926 -- 75 years ago
There were 371 pupils in the Rock Island Public Schools neither absent nor tardy during the 1925-26 school year.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The smallest baby ever born in Moline hospitals, according to records, today was given a ``very good chance for survival'' by the attending physician. On May 17, two physicians attended Mrs. Stanley Johnson, Moline, when she gave birth to a baby weighing 1 pound, 14 ounces. Today, a month later, Danny, the infant who surprised medical authorities by responding to incubator treatment, weighs almost 3 pounds. The doctors attributed the baby's survival to a ``surprising vigor at birth.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
The five counties in the Illowa Health Systems Agencies are proceeding to immunize more than 300,000 people against the Type A-New Jersey (swine) flu. There is no connection with a person being around hogs or swine and the illness. It is contracted from other people. Fred Siebenmann, administrator of the Rock Island Department of Public Health, said this is the first time a potential threat has been predicted and an attempt made to immunize the whole country.

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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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