Day in history for November 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Wanted in Rock Island: Factories for making furniture, corn brooms, pails and tubs, glue, combs, potato starch, white lead, cloth, soap and candles; also flour and saw mills, 100 new houses and 50 store buildings.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Plans for a combination armory and city hall arrived today and builders are now figuring on the work. The armory, with a drill room 60 by 85 feet, will be the finest in the state. The first floor front will be used as a city hall and a part of the building will contain the city jail.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Nine tons of honey are being shipped from Hillsdale and Prophetstown. Henry Stewart of Hillsdale supervises a thousand swarms of bees in that area.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The stock market shot up again. DuPont stock rose $60 in one day to $500 and Case shares zoomed $32 to $481.

1953 -- 50 years ago
E.J. (Gene) Lyons, 49, former Moline Dispatch police reporter and aviation editor, has been named assistant postmaster general in charge of personnel by President Eisenhower, according to an Associated Press dispatch from Washington. The position pays $15,000 a year.

1978 -- 25 years ago
This is a bridge with a history. Spanning the Rock River on the east edge of Lyndon, a bridge still hangs on, having served traffic since 1890. It rattles and bumps when crossed and the noises echo through town. But it hangs on.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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