Day in history for June 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Surviving soldiers of the War of 1812 and of the Indian wars prior thereto have been called to meet in Aurora July 4 to discuss government pensions for themselves.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Young America Hotel opposite the courthouse has been renamed the ''Occidental,'' by High West, who says he will run it first class.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. James M. Buford, wife of a Rock Island Bank president, died in her home at 1117 2nd Ave. She came to Rock Island from Kentucky as Mr. Buford's bride in 1857.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Carl A. McGrew, 19, Rock Island, drowned while fishing at Krueger's Island, near Milan.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Roy Anderson, 932 33rd Ave., Rock Island, reported today that he and two other workmen at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co., last night saw what they believed to be a meteor which burned out just before striking the earth and may have gone into the Mississippi River.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An era has ended in Moline. The Sixth Avenue Recreation Center, which served bowlers in the community since 1913, has closed its doors. The lease on the building was running out, so owners Wick Armstrong and Lloyd Moseley decided to close what could be described as a downtown institution. It was not an easy decision. Armstrong and Moseley operated the Sixth Avenue facility for 29 years.

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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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