Day in history for July 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
An advertisement signed, ``John Deere,'' states: ``The subscriber, successor to Deere, Tate and Gould, is prepared to furnish those who may favor him with their orders, every variety of one and two horse plows, all sizes of breakers and a superior seed drill.''

1902 -- 100 years ago
The body of a man was found floating in the Mississippi River at the foot of Arsenal Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Dr. A.T. Ekblad, Superior, Wis., was reelected president of the Augustana College board of directors.

1952 -- 50 years ago
One way to keep cool on a hot Fourth of July is to go for a boat ride on the Mississippi. Four Rock Island men, Tom Welch, Fletz Peters, Robert Bowman and Charlie Beckhart, received an unexpected plunge after their boat sank. Later, they were able to raise the craft and return to Rock Island safely.

1977 -- 25 years ago
``They say I did somebody some good,'' 16-year-old Scott Baer said after his heroics were credited with saving the life of his boss. The Peoria youth, on parole and living in a Rock Island group home, pulled Bernard N. Rossi away from a cable electrified by volts when a crane came in contact with power lines at the Indian Bluff Forest Preserve.

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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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