Day in history for November 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Last evening as one of the laborers was returning from this city to the island, while crossing the railroad bridge, he made a false step and fell through the timbers into the water, a distance of 12 to 15 feet.

1880 -- 125 years ago
James First, proprietor of the new wagon factory at Milan, expects to turn out 300 or 400 wagons by spring.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Today saw the end of the packet season on the Mississippi River, the Silver Crescent laying up here after her last trip from Muscatine.

1930 -- 75 years ago
At a meeting of upper-Mississippi division delegates to the Mississippi Valley Assn. session in St. Louis steps were taken to secure a revival of traffic on the Hennepin Canal.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Vandals removed a manhole cover from a sewer line at 10th St. and 19th Ave., Moline, early today and caused serious damage to a car that drove over the opening later. Peter Pappas, of Rock Island, said his automobile was so badly sprung out of shape that he couldn't open some of the doors.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Aldo Cella, star of the Cella Lambrusco TV commercials, will visit Lee's College Inn, 14th Ave. and 38th St., Rock Island, this weekend.

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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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