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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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