Day in history for March 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Rock Island and Camden Plank Road Company will be held at the courthouse Friday. Directors will be elected.

1878 -- 125 years ago
``The express brought in a quantity of ducks and wild turkeys this morning. What are our hunters doing?''

1903 -- 100 years ago
Enroute to Iowa City, William Jennings Bryan was in Rock Island today. He called on former Congressman Ben T. Cable.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Only 2,335 voted in the Rock Island primary yesterday. Five retiring aldermen, seeking renomination, were successful in the heat of the election race.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Theodore Speckel, 70, of 529 Western Ave., a Davenport resident for the last 50 years, died at 10:30 a.m. in her home after an illness of one year. Mrs. Speckel was a third cousin of Abraham Lincoln, and her grandmother, the late Mrs. Lucinda Hanks, was a first cousin of Lincoln. Marie Goodell was born Sept. 24, 1882, in Warren County. She married Theodore Speckel July 11, 1905, in Davenport.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A St. Louis firm that manufactures noisemakers says it is not ready to `snap to' a Moline ban on one of its products, ``snap 'n' pops.'' Moline Fire Inspector Blaine Johnson said the noisemakers fall under the category of ``torpedos,'' a noisemaker that explodes on impact, and therefore they are fireworks.

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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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