Day in history for December 4, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Sarah E. Eldridge, the first white child born in Davenport, died. She was a daughter of Duncan C. and Rebecca Eldridge, early Davenport settlers.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The first motorcycle has arrived in Rock Island. Its speed averages 15 miles per hour and the machine is retailed at $350.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Burglars obtained $500 in merchandise from the Lathin Brothers Sporting Goods Store in Moline.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Thanks to the mailman and a pair of inept purse-snatchers, Asa Denaker, Moline, got her purse and nearly $600 back. Denaker was walking when a youth grabbed her purse and escaped in an auto driven by a second person. Apparently the purse-snatchers were in a hurry, and discarded the purse in a mail box, without finding the $590 tucked into a side pocket. Mailman Albert ``Skeets'' Hellebuyck found the purse on his daily rounds and turned it over to police.

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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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