Day in history for August 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The District of Columbia paid the final installment on the Holland Debt, a loan for the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Crews of the steamers M. Whitmore and Little Eagle staged a fight on the levee. Henry Wilson, of Montrose, Iowa, was badly injured.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Daniel Walker, who lived 4 miles south of Milan, drowned in the Rock River near the steel dam.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Eddie Schneider, an 18-year-old Jersey City youth, set a junior record for the fastest westward crossing of the United States in an airplane. He flew from New York City to Los Angeles in 29 hours and 41 minutes.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The old Rock Island Arsenal cafeteria, where Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and other notables have been honored in years past, is being demolished. The building housed the arsenal cafeteria for 28 years before the cafeteria was moved in 1946 to its present location.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City region got nearly a month's worth of rainfall Saturday as almost continuous showers dumped 2.8 inches of precipitation on the area. The average rainfall for August is 3.37 inches, but 6.61 inches already has fallen with the month only half over.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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