Day in history for August 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
In the last 48 hours, 299 people have died of yellow fever in New Orleans. The toll during the past week is 622.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island And Peoria Railroad is selling tickets to Cambridge and the Henry County Fair at nearly half price.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The female tramp from New Orleans, who has been thrice arrested here, is in the city jail again.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Fifteen nations today promised never to use war as an instrument of national policy by signing the Kellogg-Brand Treaty to outlaw war forever.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island school officials today are eyeing a $1,890,000 expansion program at the very time the city's schoolchildren will enjoy for the first time the full benefits recent school construction work costing $2,017,779. The growth of the city in population, and expansion southward, convinces public school officials of the need for a major enlargement and remodeling of Washington Junior High School and a new elementary school in the southern section of the city.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rain-swollen skies delayed a ceremonial pouring of the first yard of concrete for Moline's $1.4 million downtown redevelopment project but couldn't wash away the smiles of officials gathered for the occasion. The new two-lane curved roadway stretching from 14th Street to the Interstate 74 overpass should be completed this fall.

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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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