Day in history for July 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
George W. Pleasants, Esq., has been chosen orator of the day for the Fourth. David Philips of the Pennsylvania House will furnish meals to the crowd in courthouse square. Tickets 50 cents.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The 10th annual convention of the Illinois Principals Association was held in Dart's Hall today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Walter Blair has sold the steamer W.J. Young, Jr., and it will be used in the excursion business on the lower Mississippi. The Young is now being overhauled at Kahlke's boatyards.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Onie Rogers, Rock Island, Argus contest marbles champion, tied for first place in the western regional playoffs at Atlantic City, N.J.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Purchase of 193 acres of additional Quad-City Airport land has been completed by the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County. The land, adjoining the present airport property on the west, was purchased from several owners for an estimated $108,000. It was part of the Paul Jahn estate.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Allen Nitz of Moline is getting married soon, so he's home baking a cake, his wedding cake. He's also carving hundreds of pastel colored roses which will decorate the four-tiered cake with a nine-layer base to celebrate his marriage to Kathy Brown of Moline on July 15. Nitz is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

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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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