Day in history for September 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The enterprising proprietors of the Davenport Gazette have commenced the issue of a tri-weekly paper, the first number of which we are in receipt of. It is a good looking sheet and filled with very readable matter. We wish our neighbors, over the big brook, abundant success in their new enterprise.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Wallace's elegant ice cream parlor is becoming the popular resort of the lovers of that congealed luxury which he manufactures to perfection.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club met in annual session at Watch Tower Inn.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Virgil Anderson, Aledo, was elected president of the Augustana senior class.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Suspected drunken drivers who cringe away from blood test needles seldom have aversion to puffing up toy balloons to prove they're sober. Intoximeters, devices that measure blood alcohol content through human breath, have been used in Rock Island County since July. The intoximeters, says Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman, are the county safety commission's answer to ``needle fright.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island man has been charged with stealing a salad valued at $1.04 from a Rock Island restaurant. Police said two men walked out of the Pizza Hut, 4421 11th St., about 8:30 p.m. without paying for a salad. The man was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. at the intersection of 11th St. and 37th Ave.

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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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