Day in history for October 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Whigs have nominated the following for county offices: J.H. Hatch, for sheriff; R.H. Andrews, for clerk of the circuit court; William Bailey, for county judge.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Colonel D.A. Ray is at the Harper House. He is traveling about the state trying to induce the people to vote $531,712.13 for completion of the new state house at Springfield. The Argus denounces the plan.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Fitzpatrick, known as ``the father of the courthouse,'' died in his Milan home. On April 28, 1893, he had introduced the resolution which led to the building of the present courthouse.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Five bands will take part in the Rock Island Mardi Gras celebration Saturday.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A spokesman for FE-UE Local 109 charged the Rock Island police department with ``officially attempting to break the Farmall strike,'' a claim that brought a firm and quick reply from Acting Chief Lawrence O. Jones. The police policy of maintaining order will continue.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A hungry dog apparently touched off a fire in a Moline home, but also saved his owner from perishing in the blaze. The fire at the Harold Davidson residence, 4911 52nd Ave., is believed to have started when the dog tried to reach a pan of food on the stove and turned on a gas burner. After the fire got started, the dog scratched on the bedroom door and woke Davidson up.

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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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