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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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