Day in history for September 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Advertiser was taken over by Mr. Raymond, Chicago, and Oliver P. Warton of Ohio today. This Whig paper is welcomed by The Argus.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The board of supervisors has ordered a fence built around the soldiers monument on courthouse square.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Naval Reserves are home from eight days at sea aboard the training ship Dorothea.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Plans for landscaping the new Edison School grounds have been outlined by the Rock Island Board of Education.

1953 -- 50 years ago
In an effort to forestall any future break-ins at East Moline High School, members of the board of education considered an arrangement to have someone at the building at all times, including weekends, according to D.O. Johnson, board secretary.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Intense political maneuvering surrounded the resignation of Rock Island Mayor Martin Galex and the selection of the city's first black mayor, city hall sources say. James R. Davis, 35, the first black ever elected to city council, was named acting mayor by fellow councilmen in a tension-filled 4-2 vote. Galex was appointed last February to fill the unexpired mayoral term of the late Alan Campbell. He announced his resignation last week, after less than seven months in the office, because he believed his integrity was ``questioned.''

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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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