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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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