Day in history for September 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The report that a woman on her way to market when she was overtaken by a shower and, stopping into a real estate office, gave birth to triplets, was false. The editor acknowledges the ingenious report came from a man now known as a humbug and a liar.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Dexter divided her raft of logs above the rapids yesterday and brought half of it down. The remainder was towed down today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. H.W. Reed preached this morning at the First Baptist Church on ``A Standard of Valuation.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ken Witmer has been named as the new master of ceremonies at the Fort Theater.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Archie McKibbon, on whose farm the Navy plane crashed, reported that the 25-foot hole caused by the explosion of the jet was filled in and that Navy personnel stayed until all the land was restored to its original state and Mr. McKibbon satisfactorily reimbursed for all damages.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County is finally getting around to burying electrical power lines in the area where a county worker had a close brush with death in June of 1977. The county board's forest preserve committee recommended that Art-O-Lite Electric Co. be given a $10,777 contract to bury electrical lines at Indian Bluff Forest Preserve. Ben Rossi was seriously injured when a crane with which he was working came in contact with a low-hanging power line.

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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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