Day in history for August 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Why doesn't some enterprising man go out in the country to bring back a load of wild game? He could get any quantity of prairie chickens, which people are eager to buy.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Col. John Wood, well-known Democrat of New York, is visiting Rock Island. The last time he was here he was with the John Robinson circus. Since then he has been to Australia and has made considerable money.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Joe Petzel nearly drowned in the Mississippi near Rock Island while he was battling two catfish in his boat. The fish weighed around 50 and 75 pounds.

1929 -- 75 years ago
When Mrs. A.J. Gordon of Rock Island arrived in Portland, Ore., to visit her son, Glenn, 19, she was informed that he had been killed that evening in a logging camp accident. He was a star athlete of Rock Island High School and had completed one year at Oregon State.

1954 -- 50 years ago
When classroom doors open Sept. 7 for Moline Public Schools, enrollment is expected to top the 9,000 mark, with over 1,300 in high school and community college.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Workers and elderly residents of downtown Moline can heave a sigh of relief. The YWCA cafeteria at 1702 6th Ave. has been saved. A 36-year-old Moline man has stepped in to pick up where former cafeteria managers Francis and Margaret Shaw left off after 20 years of serving inexpensive and nourishing meals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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