Day in history for May 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The ground is thoroughly soaked, the streams unusually high and the season very backward.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. A.B. Allen, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rock Island, was appointed as one of the delegates to the convention of the province of Illinois.

1906 -- 100 years ago
C.B. Knox, Thomas Campbell, Commander J.H. Gardner and John Rinck of John Buford Post, Grand Army of the Republic, left for Galesburg today to open headquarters for E.H. Buck, candidate for department commander.

1931 -- 75 years ago
While there are no definite candidates in the field for the two places on the Rock Island Board of Education, indications now are that a contest may develop with two slates, one sponsored by the present membership and the other representing the group headed by the Rock Island Taxpayers Assn.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A new building providing space for two retail stores is to be built in downtown Rock Island at 1810-12 2nd Ave. at an estimated cost of $38,500.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Marguerite F. Potter, 90, president of the J.W. Potter Co., which publishes the Rock Island Argus, and of the Rock Island Broadcasting Co., died Sunday at her Rock Island home, 1906 7th Ave., after an extended illness.

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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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