Day in history for October 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The combined forces of former Whigs, anti-slavery voters, Free-Soilers and disappointed office seekers have won the elections in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Today The Argus enters its 29th year. During its long life, The Argus has seen the birth and death of many rivals but has held its ground and remains free and independent.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Augustana College football team defeated Hanson Military Academy, 45 to 0.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island and Galesburg high school football teams played to a scoreless tie.

1954 -- 50 years ago
George T. Yokas was elected and installed as first president of the newly formed East Moline Kiwanis Club at an organizational dinner at the East Moline First Presbyterian Church. Other officers elected and installed were Robert T. Tolmie, vice president; Robert C. Bihlmeier, secretary-treasurer; and Edward Almquist, Edward Hill, Ernest Kivisto, Harold D. Norlin, Durward J. Long, Ben Ryan Jr. and Alfred Swanson, board of directors.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A jewelry salesman told police $15,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from his car Wednesday at SouthPark Mall, Moline. The car was stolen from the mall parking lot between 1:45 and 2:15 p.m. and found later in another part of the parking lot.

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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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