Day in history for May 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Major Barrett of the Rock Island House has just added some ten or a dozen spacious and comfortable rooms to his hotel.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A number of members of the Barrett chapter, Royal Arch Masons, last night received the Royal Master and Select Master degrees. The ceremonies were conducted by J.W. Matthews, H.C. Cleaveland and H. Burgower.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The body of an unknown man was found floating in the Mississippi yesterday afternoon opposite Watertown by Henry Turner of the Watertown Hospital, who was out rowing. A rope with rocks tied to it was attached to the body.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Harold ``Shorty'' Almquist, University of Minnesota football star, indicated that he would accept a contract as football and baseball coach at Augustana College.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline city council authorized purchase of six 10-karat gold engraved badges for the six aldermen who were elected April 21. They will be purchased through Malcolm Jewelers on the basis of a low estimate of $95.42.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Gina Banfield, an eighth grade student at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School in Moline, is one of 200 winners in Scholastic Magazines' ``Do It Your Way'' Energy Awards Competition. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Banfield, 5019 52nd Ave., Moline. Gina submitted a picture of a frog with the slogan, ``I turned my pad down to 65 degrees. Why don't you?''

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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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