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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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