Day in history for March 25, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The ferry Twin City which plies between Cordova and Port Byron broke its moorings and floated down the river, striking a pier on the bridge at Davenport and breaking down the smoke stack and otherwise damaging her. She was picked up by the Colossal near Andalusia, towed to Rock Island, and put on the way for repairs.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ice began moving in the Mississippi River.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A permit was issued for the building of the $55,000 South Park Presbyterian Church.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A large crowd of interested people attended the community school meeting at Seaton Thursday night. It was pointed out that the state law requirement for high school attendance is 15 to a class. If the school cannot have the required number, it will be discredited and receive little state aid. Seaton has had an enrollment of 20 the past few years and will not have the required number next year.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Livestock feeder Ronald Baughman, Midway, Ill., has developed an unusual way of cutting his animal feed cost by nearly 10 cents a pound. Instead of the customary corn and soybean mix, Baughman feeds his livestock bread, cookies, cocoa nut shells, crackers, flour, peanut skins and cake and brownie mixes, which he buys in five-ton lots. ``The pigs are a lot like children,'' said Baughman. ``They have a sweet tooth and they like chocolate brownie mix.''

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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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