Day in history for December 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There is no game offered for sale in our markets. What has become of all the deer, turkey, geese, duck, quail and rabbits we used to have in abundance? Where are all the hunters this season?

1878 -- 125 years ago
Whether to allow saloons in the town will be the fight at the next Milan election.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Comedian Walter Jones is playing in ``The Sleepy King'' on the Illinois Theater stage.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Three prisoners choked and gagged Sheriff Charles Nash at Cambridge. A posse of 75 citizens captured two of the men after wounding one of them.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire and water damage to the Scott Hotel in Bettendorf will probably run to $20,000 or more according to a preliminary estimate following an early morning blaze. While the principal fire damage was confined to the Subway Tap and Grill located on the ground floor, smoke damage was extensive throughout the building. Herman Vesole of Rock Island, one of the owners of Scott Hotel Inc., said that the entire building will have to be completely rebuilt and equipped.

1978 -- 25 years ago
``Schumann's Surprise Shirley,'' a racing pigeon owned by LaVerne Schumann of Davenport, will be one of 10 pigeons on the U.S. team at World Pigeon Olympiad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in January. ``Shirley,'' a black velvet hen, was chosen for the Standard Class Team during a recent show in St. Louis.

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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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