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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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