Day in history for February 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus is the oldest daily newspaper on the Mississippi, between Burlington and Galena; has the largest circulation; and has been designated as the official city and county newspaper for legal advertising.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Charles Gray's hack was stolen while he was in the Harper House. The hack was found today near the bluffs on 17th Street. The wheels, springs, and other parts were distributed along the road.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Walter Blair of the steamer Helen Blair sends word from Paducah, Ky., that he has bought a steamer there for the excursion trade here.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Eight men seek the Republican nomination for sheriff, four seek the GOP nomination for treasurer. Only one man seeks a Democratic nomination for a county office.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Flames fed by chemicals destroyed the roof and the top floor of the $750,000 Wallenberg Hall of Science at Augustana College late yesterday afternoon. Preliminary estimates of the fire loss are $75,000 to the building and $50,000 to valuable laboratory contents.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A thief, apparently an Elvis Presley fan, stole about 50 albums from a van parked in front of the owner's Rock Island home. Lonnie Key, 1502 42nd St., estimated the albums worth at $300.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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