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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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