Day in history for August 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is not true that the editor of The Argus was armed with a dirk concealed in a cane when he was attacked from behind and stabbed in the back by an irate subscriber. The knife struck us hard on the shoulder blade, bending the point. The physician says if the blow had been half an inch lower, it would have taken our life. Citizens gathered around and seized the assassin in time to prevent the murder he intended.

1878 -- 125 years ago
``Old Aunt Abbey,'' wandering about as usual, was run over yesterday by a horse and buggy. Before a doctor could arrive, she escaped to the barn where she lives.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. J.F. Lardner of Moline won the sixth women's handicap tournament at the Rock Island Arsenal Club.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Parents of children in the Frances Willard school district are circulating a petition for a new school building.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The condemnation committee of the Davenport city council today had started an action against the fire-wrecked building at 608 Harrison Street, formerly occupied by the Harrison Hotel.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Karl Lofgren, formerly of rural Port Byron, swept medals in both events he entered at the inaugural National Sports Festival last week. Lofgren was awarded a silver medal for the two-man scull boat race and a bronze medal for the eight-man sweeping team boat race at the Colorado Springs festival.

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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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