Day in history for May 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We were favored yesterday with a mess of new potatoes, raised by Mr. P. Albert in his garden. They were large and fine, and we think the first of the season. 1883 -- 125 years ago: The new whistle has been installed at the plow works which was sounded for the first time this morning. 1908 -- 100 years ago:

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus-Kelvinator free cooking school was brought to a most successful close at the third session in the Fort Theatre, Rock Island, as more than 1,800 women attended. 1958 -- 50 years ago:

1983 -- 25 years ago
Black Hawk College students will have to pay parking fees next year and those that violate parking ordinances will have to pay higher fines. The board of trustees Tuesday night approved a new student parking fee system for the Quad-Cities campus.

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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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