Day in history for July 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Cook and Donaldson, enterprising farmers who came from Pennsylvania, have raised 2,000 bushels of winter wheat as their first crop at Prairiefield. They sold the entire crop to the Messrs. Johnston, millers, at Camden Mills (Milan).

1878 -- 125 years ago
Plans for a proposed brick schoolhouse at Reynolds are on display in the store of R.B. Olmsted. I.N. Holmes of Rock Island is the architect. The sum of $3,000 has been voted for construction costs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William H. Hurley, watchman at the 15th Street railway crossing in Moline, was killed when a freight car was thrown off the tracks. It smashed the guard's tower to kindling wood and hurled Mr. Hurley in front of a passing train.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Gasoline will advance in price 1 cent a gallon tomorrow. The new price will be 17 cents.

1953 -- 50 years ago
After falling 20 feet from a window in her home yesterday, Judy Kay Barnes, 23-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barnes, Rock Island, was released from St. Anthony's Hospital this morning.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline High School student Anne Silberman left for New York this morning to go to a party at the St. Regis Hotel, at the invitation of her favorite entertainer, Barry Manilow. Miss Silberman has written 104 fan letters to Manilow. The party is honoring Manilow's return to New York, midway through his U.S. tour.

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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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