Day in history for December 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A controversy has risen as to whether the city council should instruct its delegate, Colonel Buford, for whom to vote for director of the Chicago and Rock Island railroad. The aldermen instructed Buford to cast this city's vote for Lemuel Andrews of Rock Island, but the instructions were rescinded at the council's next meeting.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Billy Emerson's famous minstrels appears in Dart's Hall tonight. Tomorrow the attraction will be the British Blondes.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Labor Congress has asked the secretary of war and President T.R. Roosevelt to investigate discrimination at Rock Island Arsenal against machinists who went out on strike for two months in 1896.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A proposal to repave 4th Avenue east of 20th Street was dropped by the Rock Island City Council when property owners objected to their tax assessments.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County sheriff's office has been asked to keep a lookout for approximately three miles of copper wire stolen from the U.S. Engineers at the Hennepin Canal feeder in Bureau County. Value of the wire is estimated at $200.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Department of the Army has awarded a $13 million project order to the Rock Island Arsenal for the production of 187 recoil mechanisms for 155 millimeter Howitzers, U.S. Rep. Tom Railsback, R-Moline, announced Thursday.

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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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