Day in history for May 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A team of runaway horses, coming from the depot, dashed down our main street today, leaving wreckage of their wagon along the way. After circling the courthouse, the runaway team came back and was in front of The Argus.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Ladies of Broadway Presbyterian Church will furnish the supper and refreshments at the grand armory opening.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Forty-two young men and women today were graduated from the business department of Augustana College.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Davey Lee, 4-year-old actor, is featured in a talking movie, ''Sonny Boy,'' at the Fort Theater.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A new national bank will be opened in Moline July 1. It will be the Uptown National Bank of Moline and it will be housed in the former Commercial Bank building at the southwest corner of 15th St. and 16th Ave. The new institution purchased the building from Oscar Ellis and the late Charles Loptien. Heading the new bank as president will be Sherman S. Ely.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Not all tractors that roll off the International Harvester assembly line in Rock Island bear those unmistakable red and black Farmall colors. Occasionally, a yellow-painted IH tractor emerges from the plant, destined to become the heart of a bean picker. Chisholm-Ryder Co. in Niagara Falls, N.Y., buys from 15 to 20 of the custom-painted IH 86 tractors from Farmall each year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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