Day in history for October 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Grand National Show and Equestrian Fair will be held at Galesburg on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. A gold watch and chain valued at $100 will be awarded to the best lady equestrian, a watch and chain will be given the next best and a locket worth $25 to the third-best rider.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Flour was advanced 20 cents a barrel.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. R.M. Pearce was elected president of the Rock Island County Dental Society.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Walter F. Schulz, engineer of the Inland Waterways Corp., expressed satisfaction at the progress being made in the construction of the Rock Island Barge Terminal.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The ancient sport of lawn bowling will be introduced in Moline for the first time next spring. A lawn bowling court, designed with space enough for three ''rinks,'' is now being completed in Riverside Park between 4th and 5th Ave. where the horseshoe courts have been. Harry M. Harris has been the driving force in a move to popularize lawn bowling in the Quad-Cities.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The 1981 cars are in the showrooms, and many Quad-City dealers are saying the smaller, more fuel-efficient models are giving their business the shot in the arm it needs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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