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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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