Day in history for April 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Capt. Griffith, the popular and obliging, has had his boat, the Wisconsin, thoroughly cleansed and fitted up in good style. He does not claim that she is one of the lightning speed and ``bust-your-biler'' kind but that she makes all the passengers comfortable.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At the Central Presbyterian Church, the Rev. J.R. Findley preached this morning on ``The Poor in Spirit.'' He took ``The Decrees'' for his evening theme.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Pres. G.A. Andreen of Augustana College arrived home from Sweden after an absence of four months. He was warmly greeted by students who had assembled for the Founders' Day celebration.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Coal Valley High School won the Rock Island County track and field meet.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Concern over a possible slip in Davenport's high standard of fire protection was expressed by Lester Schick, Davenport fire chief. ``The fire department is below strength and unless it can secure the necessary recruits there is a possibility that its efficiency will suffer.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Davenport man and about 15 Explorer Scouts made a request in a letter read before the Moline City Council that they be permitted to dig around in an area located on one of the city's leased farms. Ferrel Anderson says he feels the area located near Green Valley Park along the Rock River is just loaded with archaeological booty.

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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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