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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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