Day in history for July 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Henry McNeal, William A. Harrold and Daniel Edgington have been appointed to view farms entered in a contest to be held by the Rock Island County Agricultural Society.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Bertie, 3-year-old son of Oscar Bisant, drowned today when he fell out of a boat near Campbell's Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Col. G.W. French won a golf handicap tournament at the Arsenal Club. Actual scores by the 30 participants ranged from John D. Cady's 87 to 125.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two hundred children will compete for prizes in the annual pet parade tomorrow.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There's still money in the city dump operations as far as the city of Davenport is concerned. George Silver of Davenport offered to pay the city $81.25 a month during the next year for the privilege of purchasing scrap iron, metal, paper and rags from operators on the dumping grounds at Division Street.

1978 -- 25 years ago
About half the people in Milan who walked, bleary-eyed, into their showers this morning to wash away the Monday blahs had an unpleasant surprise when they turned on the faucet. Nothing happened. The pumping system at Milan's Number 4 well, located in Camden Park, failed about 3 a.m. today, leaving most of the village south of Andalusia Road without water pressure. An auxiliary system was put into operation from the Number 3 well about 10 this morning.

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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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