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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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