Day in history for August 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
J.W. Fletcher, Rock Island barber, today was standing in his shop trimming a camphene lamp when he was struck by lightning. The silver watch in his vest pocket stopped at the time he was killed, nine minutes past three.

1878 -- 125 years ago
In the worst storm of the season, lightning hit the stack of the Anawalt And Denkmann Sawmill, split trees in Sinett's Addition, and washed out a railroad bridge at Cable.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Leon Mitchell won the championship cup and best medal score in the Rock Island Arsenal Country Club tournament. He defeated his brother, Ardo, in the final round.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover, Republican nominee for president, today visited his birthplace home in West Branch, Iowa. Several hundred Quad-City Republicans made the 50-mile trip to West Branch.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Police who Friday investigated the breaking of six windows at Rock Island Senior High School said the damage apparently was done by boys shooting pieces of rock with sling shots.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Unsightly vegetation is cropping up in Silvis and the city council is planning to harvest some of the eyesores and some of their owners. Weeds stretch nearly five feet tall on some private lots. If lawns are not maintained, the city will mow the lots and the property owner will be charged for the work, an ordinance stipulates.

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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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