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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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