Day in history for November 16, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Blythe and Stoddard have made arrangements for manufacturing family carriages, buggies, peddler and farm wagons.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Buford Plow Works shipped six carloads of plows and cultivators to their San Francisco agent to fill orders from Australia and China.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Charles McHugh of the Harper House has arranged for a series of Sunday evening concerts in the hotel parlors during the winter.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island district brotherhoods of the Augustana Lutheran Church were given a $16,000 quota to raise for a church extension fund.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Federal aid of $600,000 has been allocated to help build a 120-bed addition to Mercy Hospital, Davenport. The addition to Mercy Hospital is to replace one destroyed by fire a year-and-a-half ago.

1976 -- 25 years ago
William Hewitt, chairman of the board of Deere And Co., is in the national news. His picture is in the current issue of Newsweek Magazine in connection with an article titled ``The New Medicis.'' The article tells how Hewitt and other heads of large corporations are becoming patrons of the arts. They are busy buying the works of struggling, unknown artists. The article compares the art-oriented businessmen of the United States with the Medicis of Florence, the banking family that supported and sponsored young artists in Renaissance Italy.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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