Day in history for November 15, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The old railroad embankment for the first track across Rock Island Arsenal grounds is being removed.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Fifteen carloads of government mules, shipped from Washington, D.C., and bound for the Philippines, passed through Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Frank C. Huntoon resigned as a member of the board of police and fire commissioners to take up active naval duty.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A Davenport man is in jail today because of ``Indian giving.'' He allegedly presented a watch to his girlfriend (now former) for a birthday present, then took it back after an argument. When he refused to return it, she filed larceny charges. A judge told him to return the watch or go to jail. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A proposal for operating a commercial ski area in Longview Park, Rock Island, has been dropped. Attorney James J. Gende, Moline, representing a group of local businessmen investigating the project, announced that negotiations between his clients and the city have been terminated. The Rock Island Park And Recreation Board instigated the investigation of having a enterprise lease a portion of the park to operate a ski area. Considerable opposition erupted from citizens and members of city council.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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