Day in history for June 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Nobody tires of the annual patriotic harangues. Everybody who attended last year's Fourth of July celebration in Rock Island and heard the speeches, toast and cannons will be eager again to swallow dust and drink lemonade in his country's honor.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Because of smallpox in two families, the office of City Physician Morey in Moline has been thronged all day by applicants for inoculation.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A contract has been let for construction of a grandstand at 9th Street park. The Tri-City Driving Association expects the stands to be ready for the July Fourth horse races there.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Raymond M. Rowland and Roland Johnson, both 14, were injured in separate fireworks accidents.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Legislation to provide $40,000 for the 18th Avenue seawall and roadway in the west section of Rock Island cleared the Illinois house without a dissenting vote. The money will be used to build up 18th Avenue east from Mill Street to about 4th Street to a level above the Mississippi River flood crests of 1951 and 1952.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ground-breaking ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. on the site of the new Brady Bank office of Bettendorf Bank and Trust Co. at 53rd and Brady streets, Davenport. The event will be highlighted with a giant ``gold dig'' by some 400 children (aged 6 to 12) for $1,000 in buried cash certificates.

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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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