Day in history for November 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Prairie fires are doing much damage. A fire ran over the farms of Knox, Gregg and Mixter, destroying haystacks, a field of corn and a half-mile of fence. (The farms were along the base of the bluff, near the present 9th Ave.)

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Gun Club is holding a two-day tournament on its new grounds near Brooks crossing (42nd St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island). Street cars are hauling spectators to the tournament for 5 cents.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Michael Valentine, 16, Rock Island, who with two companions decided to see some of the world, was run over and killed by a freight train in Muscatine.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The chamber of commerce has obtained specialists to make surveys of good sites for a Rock Island airport.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Scott County and Davenport authorities issued warnings to minors who may attempt to falsify records in order to obtain driver's licenses which shows them to be over 21 years of age in order to obtain liquor. Authorities said they will prosecute all violations to the full limit of state codes.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials have decided the best place for their new sanitary landfill is south of Milan, near Castle Junction. Rock Island's present landfill, within city limits at 31st Ave. and Illinois 92, has been ordered closed by EPA officials because of potential water pollution problems.

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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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