Day in history for May 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Flour was selling in Rock Island at $16 a barrel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
David Touzalin, general freight agent of the St. Louis and Rock Island Railway division of the CBAndQ, died of pneumonia.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Modern Woodmen of America banquet took place at the Harper House. Maj. C.W. Hawes, head clerk, extended the welcome to the new class.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Hack Wilson, of the Chicago Cubs, was leading the National League in home runs with nine.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Although the Quad-Cities is considered a critical defense area, the 5th Army, with headquarters in Chicago, has received no word as to whether this locality is in line for a Nike defense installation.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline Jaycees were presented with the Blue Chip Award for excellence by state Jaycee officials at the organizations annual state convention last week in St. Louis. Moline was represented by local members Keith Gruenhagen, Don DeDobbelaere, Jesse Hamby, Galen Starkweather, O'Brian Starkweather, Lee Trout, Bob Wilford, Mike Zare and Joel Zeitler.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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