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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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