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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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