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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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