Day in history for July 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island's public-school premises were receiving some necessary repairs.

1901 -- 100 years ago
In the recommendations by Major C. McD. Townsend for an appropriation of $1,000,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers next year, $15,000 was asked for the completion of work already begun on the Rock Island harbor.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Members of Colonel John Montgomery chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, dedicated and presented to the city of Rock Island a bronze tablet at the intersection of 9th and 12th streets, marking the site of the western-most engagement of the revolution.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Is it gambling if persons pay $1.25 for a fish dinner and then play 32 games of bingo free-of-charge for prize money? This legal question will be presented to State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran by Rock Island Police Chief Claus C. Miller. Chief Miller said he learned of the new bingo game angle while investigating a game he saw in progress last night at the Playmore Social Club, Inc., 1714 5th Ave., Rock Island.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Vandals slashed 27 truck tires at the strikebound Moline Consumers Ready-Mix plant, Moline police said today. Officers said the destruction occurred Tuesday night, on the eve of a Teamster vote on the latest Consumers proposal to end the 10-week-old walkout. The plant has been idled since May 4 by a strike of Teamsters Local 371 which involves four firms owned by Consumers.

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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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