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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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