Day in history for November 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The inimitable proprietors of that inimitable hotel, the Farnam House, will give a Thanksgiving Ball tomorrow evening. This affair will be a superb one.

1881 -- 125 years ago
South Rock Island residents held a meeting of protest against the action of the board of health which located the pest house in that section.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Hickory Club, a Tri-City businessmen's organization, will give their annual dinner at Hotel Harms next Monday evening.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Monday and Tuesday five students at John Deere Junior High School were quarantined because of smallpox and today two more cases were reported by Dr. E.A. Edlen, Moline city physician. One case was reported at Garfield School.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Some changes in the grocery business over a span of 40 years are really apparent, expecially to William Bagatelas, owner of People's Market, East Moline, who is preparing to hang up his apron for the last time. He started in the grocery business in Moline in 1916 when canned goods were increasing in popularity.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Gifts to the St. Ambrose College Centennial Countdown program now exceed $3 million. A total of $3,040,411 has been pledged to the $6.8 million program, which is being used to fund a new physical education center.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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