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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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