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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