Day in history for December 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We now get our St. Louis mails, via LaSalle, in two days. When the cars are through to this place, such mail will come in 24 hours. Last winter, 10 days was the time for mail between the two places.

1878 -- 125 years ago
L. Averhill, a blind man, is exhibiting one of Edison's photographs in the Okerberg building, Moline.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A sale for the benefit of the Sisters of the Visitation is in progress at Hotel Harms. Mrs. Ben T. Cable is heading the committee in charge.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Eli Mosenfelder, 70, a men's clothing merchant in Rock Island since 1882, died.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Do you need a Santa Claus? The Iowa Employment Service office in Davenport can furnish one. ``We have a supply of men who will be able to meet the qualifications,'' Ed DeWitt, assistant manager of the office, said. ``We can select a man who would not require any padding as we have some big ones on our list.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ironworkers' Local Union No. 111 of Rock Island has voted to donate $100 to each family of the 10 ironworkers who died in a catastrophe at Willow Island, West Virginia, earlier this year. The union also will donate an additional $100 to the family of a local first-year apprentice injured in an automobile accident Dec. 8. The worker is still in a coma. This $100 was in addition to a collection taken among the members.

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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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