Day in history for March 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Our exchanges are full of interesting accounts, from all sections of the union, of the great tide of immigration to Illinois. The movement of covered wagons in the direction of Illinois almost equals that of the California fever three and four years ago.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day ball in Rock Island was held last night in Hillier's hall. Music for dancing was by Bleuer's band.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.W. Cavanaugh was nominated by Democrats for mayor of Rock Island. John T. Stafford declined the Democratic nomination for city attorney.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A fire which followed an explosion in a Milan garage destroyed 20 cars and the home of Milan Mayor Carl O. Swanson.

1955 -- 50 years ago
When a dog named Lassie ran into a drain and tumbled into a 15-foot underground hole yesterday, it took seven Moline city employees and 2 1/2 hours to rescue the animal.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Attorneys for East Moline, an Albany woman and a Moline couple are on the verge of an agreement that would let the city raze an abandoned tavern. City Attorney William Phares said the city council probably will accept a bid in May for the demolition of a one-story brick structure at 1729 18th Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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