Day in history for December 29, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Commercial Travelers Association will have its fourth annual reunion and ball at the Newcomb House, Davenport.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The plant of Swift And Co., Davenport, has received the first automobile in the Tri-Cities to be used as a delivery truck. It is propelled by storage batteries.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Fire destroyed the new $10,000 home of James Spargo in Coal Valley.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Marcus Lerch, 226 53rd St., Moline, received an honorable mention today from the Burlington Liar's Club, sponsor of the annual yarn-spinning contest. Lerch told this heat wave story: ``It got so hot down here last summer that the ground got just like concrete. In fact, the earth was baked so hard that people working in their gardens had to give the weeds a shot of oil down along the roots before they could pull them.''

1975 -- 25 years ago
About 200 senior citizens spent a frigid 20 minutes in the snow today when a telephone bomb threat forced evacuation of the Lend-A-Hand Building, Davenport. At 12:07 p.m. a young male caller said the bomb was going off at 12:10 p.m. in the kitchen. About 200 people were eating at the center and all were herded into the noonday snowstorm while police searched the building. No explosives were found and the senior citizens returned to finish a cold meal.

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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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