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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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