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 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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