Day in history for July 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There were 11 deaths in Norfolk, Va., during the same day, all caused by yellow fever. On the same day, there were 20 deaths reported in New Orleans.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lola May Davis, 6 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, 906 11th St., Rock Island, was injured when she ran into the side of a moving automobile near her home.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Funeral services for John Astor were held in the family home in Rock Island. The Rev. Burke, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, officiated.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Brooklyn Dodgers split a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs to remain three games in front of the National League.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A blow torch, used for heating linoleum, in the New York Store Beauty Salon, Moline, ignited a number of soiled towels in a beauty table towel bin and filled the store with smoke.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Two East Moline women were credited with saving the lives of an unidentified man and small child from drowning in Crystal Lake near DeWitt, Iowa. The women, according to a report of the incident by Miss Elaine Clark, are Mrs. Blanche Stirratt, 646 15th Ave., and Miss Elizabeth Keener, 1409 19th St.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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