Day in history for August 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Iowa and Illinois roads are pervaded by long-bodied, singular-looking wagons loaded with fanning mills, corn shellers, horse rakes, meat and milk safes. You meet them wherever there are farms or people. The manufacturer of both the peddlers' wagons and their contents is Alonzo Nourse of Moline.

1878 -- 125 years ago
All citizens interested in plans for the grand opening of the Harper Opera House are invited to meet in the courthouse yard.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Twin-City Driving Association will hold a program of harness races at the Ninth Street Park next week.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ten thousand people watched a drum and bugle contest sponsored by the Rock Island Post of the American Legion. The Rockford Corps won first. Moline was second.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport High School band, under the direction of F.E. Mortiboy, was awarded first-place honors in the band division of the Chicagoland Music Festival Saturday at Soldier's Field. The Peoria High School band was in second place.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County, with a prod from Rock Island city officials, is preparing to launch a multi-year program to upgrade fire detection and prevention systems in the ``unsafe'' County Office Building. County Board Chairman Richard Aubry said today he will prepare a resolution, for consideration by the county board in September, authorizing the work.

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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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