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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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