Day in history for April 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The new steamboat for the Ferry company between Rock Island and Davenport is nearly completed and probably will be running sometime next week.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Republicans are promoting the candidacy of William H. Guest of Rock Island for state senator.

1903 -- 100 years ago
With the Rock Island city election near at hand, ``The Independent Voter,'' a handbill sheet, made its appearance.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Emmerson workers claimed the First Ward of Rock Island ``sewed up'' for the gubernatorial candidate and his ticket.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Emergency measures are being taken by the city sewer department to protect basements of homes in the Garden Addition in West Davenport from being flooded. Sewer department workers are engaged in pumping out the sewers to prevent water from backing up into the basement of homes. The city at present is engaged in preparation of engineering plans for a flood-control project for the addition.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Hank Hannah, Rock Island County conservation officer, received a unique award recently when he was presented the Ducks Unlimited Award for outstanding contribution to conservation and waterfowl. Hannah has been Rock Island County conservation officer for 26 years. He was an avid duck hunter before joining the department and knows the field from both sides, as an outdoorsperson and as an enforcement officer.

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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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