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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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