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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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