Day in history for May 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
James Kelly has been appointed postmaster for Rock Island, according to private information received here from Washington.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Court adjourned today on account of the funeral of R.K. Swan in Moline, a prominent manufacturer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mayor William McConochie announced the line of march for the Memorial Day parade. The mayor is to be the marshal for the day.

1928 -- 75 years ago
James F. Witter and Robert C. Mitchell were candidates for reelection to the Rock Island board of education.

1953 -- 50 years ago
One of the oldest buildings in Davenport, the 101-year-old 3-story structure at 532 W. 2nd St., is to be torn down. Damaged by fire last winter, the building is not to be repaired because of the prohibitive cost, according to Atty. George Havercamp, representing the Charles Hild estate, the owners. It was built in 1852 by Jochim Schoel for a residence for his brother-in-law, Claus Steffen.

1978 -- 25 years ago
If parents seem a little puffed up with pride around graduation time, Mr. and Mrs. Arlyn Toppert, rural Prophetstown, probably are ready to bust. All four of their children are graduating from their schools this spring. Gary, 13, Lyndon Junior High. Kent, 17, Prophetstown High. Beth, 19, Black Hawk College, associate's degree in dental assistantship. Mark, 21, Texas A And M University, bachelor's degree in agricultural economics.

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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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