Day in history for September 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The name of the Post Office at Edgington in this county has been changed to Holly.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A meeting has been called for Sunday in courthouse square in behalf of yellow fever sufferers in the south. The call for aid was signed here by Thomas Murdock, Cornelius Lynde, Phil Mitchell, T.J. Robinson, J.M. Buford, P.L. Mitchell and B.D. Buford.

1903 -- 100 years ago
New rates were explained when local lodges of the Ancient Order of United Workmen met last week.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Harold V. Almquist, Minnesota University football star, arrived in Rock Island to become football coach at Augustana College.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police and firemen launched a full-scale investigation into possible arson as the cause of four fires in and adjacent to a 3-car garage at the Hodgson Funeral Home, 608 20th St., Rock Island. The fourth and most serious blaze, causing an estimated $800 damage, occurred at 8:17 p.m. Monday.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Rev. Raymond Boyle, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Silvis for the past three years, attended the investiture of Pope John Paul I in Rome. In scenes shown on area television stations, Father Boyle was directly behind the pontiff. He also was among the hundreds of pastors from around the world who distributed Holy Communion during the mass in St. Peter's Square.

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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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