Day in history for September 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A contract for a railroad bridge has been let to John Warner and Company. The location is just where every Rock Islander wanted it. It begins at the depot, runs to the island, then to a point near the Col. Davenport house, and across the river to Iowa.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island House, which for the past few months has been under the management of William Negus, changed hands today, Charles A. Jarvis becoming proprietor.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that the wedding of Miss Irene Rosenfield of Rock Island to Samuel Strauss of Des Moines, Iowa, will take place in early November.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Barbara Louise Walter, Moline child, wins governor's cup in better-baby conference of Rock Island County agricultural and industrial exposition.

1953 -- 50 years ago
June Haver, the movie star who gave up $3,500 a week for life in a convent, is home today. Severe migraine headaches and a general rundown condition caused what June hopes will only be a temporary break in her studies to become a Roman Catholic Sister of Charity.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Write it down as a peril of the profession. Silvis Police Chief Gary R. Williams said he was socked in the snoot Wednesday by a woman who said the police have been too slow investigating the robbery and assault of her son three days ago. Williams charged her with battery, but dropped the charge about an hour later.

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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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